New Drawing of a La Corona Panel

La Corona, Panel 6. Drawing by David Stuart.
La Corona, Panel 6. Drawing by David Stuart.

Presented here is a new drawing of Panel 6 from La Corona, Guatemala. Its elaborate scene and lengthy hieroglyphic text commemorate the fascinating history of intermarriage between the rulers of La Corona (Saknikte’) and princesses of the Kan (or Kanal) court, centered at Dzibanche and Calakmul (Freidel and Guenter 2003; Martin 2008). On the left side we see the contemporaneous La Corona queen (and daughter of the then-king of Calakmul) under the roof of a small “water temple” as she celebrates a Period Ending in 731 A.D. Opposite her, under the protective arm of a large Teotihuacan-style feline, is the local queen who had arrived at La Corona from the Kan court over two centuries earlier, in 520.

Four dates are given in the text, listed here in chronological order:

  • 12 Kib 9 Pax – Arrival of first Kan noblewoman
  • 11 Kaban 10  Sotz’ – Arrival of second Kan noblewoman
  • 8 Ix 17 Sotz’ – Arrival of third Kan noblewoman
  • 4 Ahaw 13 Yax – Period Ending

Panel 6 is currently in the Ancient American Art gallery of The Dallas Museum of Art (Object number 1988.15.McD).


Freidel, David, and Stanley Guenter. 2003. Bearers and War of Creation.

Martin, Simon. 2008  Wives and Daughters on the Dallas Altar. Article available on Mesoweb.

7 thoughts on “New Drawing of a La Corona Panel

  1. Patrick January 24, 2013 / 12:04 AM

    Dr. Stuart I was wonder if the panel is carved only on the front surface or if the side contain texts as well? I noticed on the leg of the Teotihuacan-style feline that there resides what look like deteriorated glyph blocks. Is there any part of those glyphs intact if in fact they are glyphs? Also I was wondering if there is a “Lu-bat” glyphic phrase anywhere on this panel? Thank you for this wonderful site.

  2. David Stuart January 24, 2013 / 3:15 PM

    Only the front surface was ever carved. This was sawn away by looters sometime in the mid-1960s, and excavations at La Corona in 2012, near Hieroglyphic Stairway 2, found the back of the stone. The small bead-like circles on the leg of the cat aren’t glyphs, though I’m not exactly sure what they’re supposed to represent. And no, unfortunately there’s no lu-bat signature phrase with this sculpture (but we do find examples elsewhere at La Corona).

  3. Mario F. Malo Lopez January 24, 2013 / 5:23 PM

    Thank you so much for your inspireing work! Mario Malo

  4. Jesse Simms January 24, 2013 / 9:20 PM

    hey, love the new drawing! any idea when the epigraphic data from those newly excavated panels at la corona are going to be published? i know you posted some prelimenary work on the panel which mentions the 13th bak’tun, but i’d love to see what else those panels contain. the variation on the panels is amazing and seems more like side panels for ball courts rather than a hieroglyphic stairway (although there were found in that context, correct?). do you know of any other stairways that have that much figural carving?

    thanks again for all the amazing work you do on this site and elsewhere!

    • David Stuart January 29, 2013 / 6:16 PM

      The blocks are all from Hieroglyphic Stairway 2, which was built in ancient times using blocks ripped from other, earlier stairways at the site. The publication of everything will take some more time. RIght now the drawings of the blocks need to be finalized. A general presentation on the text segments will be given at the upcoming Tulane Maya Symposium and also at the Simposio on Guatemalan Archaeology in July. My desire is to have a preliminary report on all of the texts written and circulated sometime in the summer, under the auspices of the La Corona archaeological project.

  5. jesse simms January 30, 2013 / 6:46 PM

    awesome, thanks for the update!

  6. Jorge August 11, 2013 / 3:34 AM

    I love the bacabs holding up the roof of the temple, their legs half-bent, suggesting exhaustion. Apparently, even supernaturals need a break (come on, holy lady: get it over with!).