This Chac Mool sculpture represents a character leaned on a platform with the hip, low back and elbows resting, the trunk is raised and the head turned to the right; both hands hold a round container on his lap with the legs bent. The attire consists of a short loincloth, band in the legs and sandals with heelpieces. The face is a wide oval placed in an horizontal position, broad forehead and most of it covered with the headdress band; the eyes are quite close to each other, the eyelids are well-marked and iris is a small cavity, the nose is straight and the mouth is defined by a narrow opening. At the sides, stand out the big earflaps with fine relief designs; on the chest wears a big breastplate of a stylized butterfly, which relates it with this kind of sculptures of Tula. The combined elements of the position, size and symbols give the piece a strength and balance that has been reintroduced in modern art. Chichen Itzá stands out for being the most important place in the Yucatán peninsula; the Chac Mool sculpture is present since the first Mayan periods, its peak in the late classic and continued throughout the early postclassic.Dra. Federica Sodi MirandaColaboradores: Arqlgo. Hugo Herrera Torres Araceli Ruiz Peláez Mtro. Hugo García Capistran.


  • Title: Chac mool
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: 0900/1250
  • Physical Location: México
  • Physical Dimensions: w1480 x h1100 x d790 cm (complete)
  • Period: Posclásico Temprano (900-1250 d.C.)
  • Chichen Itzá, Yucatán: Maya
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia., INAH. Proyecto de Digitalización de las Colecciones Arqueológicas del Museo Nacional de Antropología. CONACULTA-CANON-MNA.
  • External Link: http://www.mna.inah.gob.mx
  • Medium: Piedra Caliza

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