They describe a sculpture found in the archaeological zone of Oxkintok

The limestone sculpture found by the INAH weighs approximately 150 kilograms and measures 1.35 meters high, 53 cm wide and 25 cm thick.

The sculpture found in November, in the archaeological zone of Oxkintok, Yacatán, within the construction works of the Mayan Train, cannot be associated with any deity, since it does not present distinguishable suprahuman attributes, in addition to being the first dual character recovered at that site, reported yesterday the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

It is a limestone effigy, approximately 150 kilograms and 1.35 meters high, 53 centimeters wide and 25 centimeters thick, whose duality lies in that of a man and that of a phallus.

In the archeology of the Puuc region, the representations of phalluses are recurrent, which in pre-Hispanic times were associated with fertility, not only human, but also agricultural.

“The erosion of the material only allows us to interpret it as a decapitated human figure, from whose shoulders a snake seems to hang,” said Luis Pantoja Díaz, archaeologist from the INAH-Yucatán Center and director of the Oxkintok project.

Because the missing elements of the head and feet were not found, the archaeologist points out, it is clear that the sculpture was “ritually killed” (intentionally broken), perhaps to mark the end of its cycle or relate it to renovation or abandonment. from the space where it was discovered, which archaeologists have named Structure DZ-7 of the Dzib Architectural Complex.

It is proposed that this piece be incorporated into the collection of the Museum of the Puuc Route, which is built in the archaeological zone of Kabah, part of the Promeza.

The group of 52 specialized manual workers and nine researchers, including archaeologists and architects who collaborate in Oxkintok, integrated with Promeza, recorded other notable findings during the exploration and major maintenance tasks of structures in three sets of the Mayan site: Ah Canul, May and Dzib.

All these elements await thorough cleaning and processing that will be done in the laboratory.