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Maya Gods and Kings
JANUARY 2006
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Royal Treasure
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Elaborate offerings were recovered from a vaulted stone tomb from about 150 B.C., probably the earliest known burial of a Maya king. Near the chest of the deceased lay a jade pectoral, at front—a symbol of Maya royalty. The trove also included a mysterious figure of green stone, at right, which stood inside a large incense burner, at left, likely portraying Chac, the Maya god of rain and lightning. "Today the Maya still burn incense to create rain," says project iconographer Karl Taube, "with the rising smoke symbolizing rain clouds."

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon D70
Film Type: Digital
Lens: 70-200mm Nikkor zoom
Speed and F-Stop: One second @ f/11

Weather Conditions: Warm and humid
Time of Day: Night
Lighting Techniques: Tungsten spot lights

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