The Lanzón Gallery
The Lanzón Gallery, located in the center of Building B of the Old Temple, is a subterranean intersection of several galleries, which features a 15 foot notched wedge-shaped stele of white granite depicting the supernatural being of Lanzón. The Lanzón was the central cult object of the Old Temple at Chavin. Lanzón is also called the “smiling god” and has been associated with trade, fertility, dualism and humankind's interaction with nature. The carved stele depicts Lanzón as a standing human-feline hybrid figure with large eyes, a large mouth baring its teeth, and hands and feet with long claws. Snakes adorn its hair and eyebrows. Gazing upward, the figure has one raised hand and one extended down, as if connecting the heavens and earth.