Copacabana

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.
Concentration of almost all the “Classic” Tiahuanaco-style stone sculptures is at the site of Tiahuanaco. The drawings are not at the same scale and are based mainly on Posnansky’s illustrations and photographs by Karen and Sergio Chávez.
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.
Photograph of one of the Pucara-style hunchbacked statues form the island of Titicaca, holding a conch shell. Photograph taken by Karen and Sergio Chávez at the National Museum in La Paz.
Photograph of Qalasasaya-style vessels and a fragmented bone implement from a burial recently excavated at the site of Cundisa, Copacabana. Photograph by Sergio Chávez.
The grinding slab from Copacabana (36 x 29.2 cm) of the southern “early” version of the Yaya-Mama style, showing motifs and designs similar to those on the Chiripa grinding slab. Drawing by Sergio Chávez from photographs provided by Margaret Young-Sánchez and the Museum für Völkerkunde.
A “Classic” Tiahuanaco-style kero associated with the lower portion of a plain/utilitarian vessel, from a burial recently excavated at the site of Cundisa, Copacabana. Photograph by 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.
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.

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