Photographer's Note

Temple of the Dolls, Structure 1, was built around 700 CE with entrances facing the cardinal directions. It rests on a two-tiered platform. A century later, it was filled with rubble, then covered by a large pyramid. While most of the latter has been removed, there are remains still to be seen on the south side as you perform a walk around (pradakshina). Four staircases furnish access to the square temple on top that, interestingly enough, has square windows in several of the walls. Crude, geometric god masks extend from the upper frieze above the doors and at the corners. It was originally covered in a stucco relief that included entwined serpents. There is a central room with a tower as a vault that dominates the building. This view is from the northwest.

The temple was named after seven, tiny clay dolls found buried in front of its altar. Several dolls have deformities, and are believed to be associated with rituals. I do not recall seeing even a photograph of these dolls when I visited the site museum, or replicas, let alone the originals.

The Group of the Dolls is completed by this temple, the remains of a dwelling to the south of the temple, west-facing, and another west-facing dwelling to the east of the temple.

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 915] (1950)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-05-18
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-05-30 4:23
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