Izamal

This unusual stone crucifix, carved out of a single block of stone, originally stood outdoors in the Indian chapel. It is noteworthy not only as a beautiful work of art, but for its depiction of Christ as a Maya. Notice the muscular, stocky body and the high cheek bones of the face.
    Even before the arrival of Christianity, the cross had important religious significance to the Maya. It represented the sacred "First Tree of the World" which linked heaven and earth.
July 1997


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