Yaya-Mama

Map showing the main examples of Yaya-Mama stone sculpture redrawn by Martti Pärssinen after Bouysse-Cassagne and Bouysse (1988:Figure 6).
A selected sample of stone sculpture showing the northern distribution of the “late”/Pucara version of the Yaya-Mama style. Note its presence in the Cuzco/Chumbivilcas and Tiahuanaco regions. The drawings are not at the same scale and are based on photographs and original rubbings by Karen and Sergio Chávez.
Rollout drawing of the Feline Man theme portrayed on Pucara-style polychrome and incised pottery vessels excavated at the Pucara temple complex. Reconstructed by Stanislava Chávez on the basis of drawings by Sergio Chávez of several glued fragments pertaining to two similar versions of the same theme on pedestal-based bowls.
Photograph of the headless stela excavated by Gregorio Cordero Miranda just north of the Kalasasaya in Tiahuanaco. Photograph and inked outlines by Stanislava and Sergio Chávez.
Continuities in a selection of Yaya-Mama style iconography as it develops into “Classic” Tiahuanaco style. The lower portion represents “early” and “late” Yaya-Mama motifs and designs in pottery and stone; the middle shows examples of “transitional” images depicted on snuff tablets, Provincial Pucara textiles, and stone carvings; the upper portion represents motifs and designs from the Gateway of the Kalasasaya, the Bennett, Ponce, and Kochamama stelae, including two examples of statues known as chachapuma. The two motifs on the upper left derive from a Huari tapestry published by Isbell and Knobloch (2009:Figure 5). Line drawings by Sergio Chávez.
The Jinchun Kala stela from Khonko Wankane, Jesús de Machaca. Both narrow sides display the same motifs but the front is very poorly preserved. Redrawn by Stanislava Chávez based on Posnansky (1945:II:Figures 89–90) and photographs by Karen and Sergio Chávez.
Map locating Pukara in the northwestern Lake Titicaca Basin. Also shown are select sites of the Late Formative Period.
The Wila Kala stela from Khonko Wankane, Jesús de Machaca. The back side is badly preserved, but the narrow sides are decorated with motifs similar to the Jinchun Kala stela. The rectangle below the mouth may represent a labrette. Drawn by Stanislava Chávez based on Rydén (1947:Figures 31, 33a,b) and photographs by Karen and Sergio Chávez.
Peñon of Pukara and the Qalasaya complex. Photo by Matthew S. Wilhelm, 2006.
Stela 13 (also known as the “Idolo Plano”) from Tiahuanaco. Drawn with missing shoulders and lower face reconstructed by Stanislava and Sergio Chávez. Based on Posnansky (1945:II:Figures 105–107) and photographs by Karen and Sergio Chávez.

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