Ch'isi

Photograph of the Yaya-Mama semi-subterranean temple of Ch’isi, taken right after excavations, consolidation, and reconstruction of the stone walls. Note the peripheral features above and around the sunken court. Photograph by Karen and Sergio Chávez.
Photograph of the four-step and flanking slabs at the entrance of the Yaya-Mama semi-subterranean temple of Ch’isi. Note the only carving in direct association with excavated and dated architecture. Photograph by Karen and Sergio Chávez.
Map of the Cuzco and Titicaca Basins (with an inset of the Copacabana Peninsula), showing the sites mentioned in the text. Drawn by Sergio Chávez based on composite maps from the Instituto Geográfico Militar of Peru and Bolivia.
A selected sample of stone sculpture showing the circumlacustrine distribution of the “early” version of the Yaya-Mama style. The drawings are not at the same scale and are based on photographs and original rubbings by Karen and Sergio Chávez.