Early Intermediate Period (EIP), Early Horizon (EH)

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.
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.
(a) Examples from the Gateway of the Kalasasaya showing the conch shell associated with other appendages, in one case a bird and the other a “fish,” in the crowns of profile personages. Redrawn by Stanislava Chávez from Posnansky (1945:I:Plate XLIII.2–3). (b) One of two winged personages on a Provincial Pucara textile carrying what appears to be a conch shell. Drawn by Stanislava Chávez from a color photograph of the textile provided by William Isbell.
Photograph of the only excavated and dated decorated pestle from the Achachi Coa Khollu sector of Kala Uyuni in the Taraco Peninsula (Cohen and Roddick 2007:57, Figures 6.15–6.16). Photograph courtesy of Christine Hastorf.