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Mayan Art

The Maya were great artists and would would paint and carve on lots of dierent surfaces including stone, shell, bone and even Jade, an ornamental stone that was rare and highly valued by the Maya. They created beautiful and delicate artwork on murals, vases or books (codices). Their sculptors carved amazing objects like Pakal’s sarcophagus (tomb) found in the Temple of Inscriptions at Palenque.


Pakal's Sarcophagus

This artefact displays a 3D model of Pakal's sarcophagus lid, a very famous piece of Maya artwork. Tapping the 3D model will reveal an annotated diagram highlighting different features of the artwork.

Pakal Jade Mask

Temple of Inscriptions

This artefact displays a 3D model of the Temple of Inscriptions. You can switch between a 3D model of the temple as it appears today, and a 3D model of the Temple as it looked when first built. Tapping the model of the temple as it appears now will open the Temple to show the pathway to Pakal's tomb inside.

Temple of Inscriptions


This artefact demonstrates how to correctly pronounce "Palenque", the Maya site where the Temple of Inscriptions and Pakal's burial site can be found.


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