Photographer's Note

Below the medial frieze of the structure to the north of the Arch of Labná, each side of the doorway boasts an unusually decorative panel featuring exuberant sculpture, most of a design involving small columns.

"On the left is a building which demonstrates the occasional tendency of Puuc architecture to fall back on mere surface ornament to relieve the severity of a simple mass. The pattern is a solid area of sculpture, meaningless as a kaleidoscopic design which results automatically from elementary principles of symmetry. It reveals the poverty of inspiration of an affluent age which is already replete with traditional motifs and has little more to offer in the way of original design. The trifling value placed on the craft of carving is reflected in the lavish and casual use of sculptured elements arranged with little aesthetic significance, and serving simply to create the effect of a prodigally rich texture."

An Album of Maya Architecture,
1946 CE,
Tatiana Proskouriakoff

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 914] (1950)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-05-15
  • Categories: Artwork
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-02-22 3:41
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