Valentine's Day SALE!!! Use coupon code "LOVE20" for 20% off at checkout

Originals >
Mayan Observatory

Mayan Observatory

Price: $500.00

Size: 8x8

"El Caracol" is an ancient astronomical observatory that the Mayas built to keep track of celestial phenomena. It is part of the Chichen-Itza archeological site in the Yucatán peninsula. A full Moon is also shown in the sky. Fabriano 100% cotton watercolor paper and Daniel Smith primatek mineral watercolors.

see full description & specifications

Mayan astronomers where extremely talented. Not only they had an amazingly accurate calendar. They could predict solar and lunar eclipses several centuries ahead of their time. They were also very aware of the motion of the planets and had register tables with the synodical cycles and helical rises for the planets Venus and Mars (Dresden Codex). Additionally, there is evidence that they recorded the transit of Venus across the Sun as some murals show in the archeological site of Mayapan.

How could they do that? one of the clues is that they needed dedicated priests to observe and take notes, and a dedicated site to measure distances and times. The "caracol" seems to be a site for this tasks. The dome has small windows where they could observe the pass of the planets, the Moon and the Sun and measure how much they advanced every night. Still they would need to do this for many many of years maybe.

On this artwork I also used Daniel Smith primatek mineral watercolors. Red fuschite genuine on the building, zoisite genuine on the grass and sodalite genuine on the sky. The building has a glittering finish.

1c crunched snajej

Trusted Art Seller

The presence of this badge signifies that this business has officially registered with the Art Storefronts Organization and has an established track record of selling art.

It also means that buyers can trust that they are buying from a legitimate business. Art sellers that conduct fraudulent activity or that receive numerous complaints from buyers will have this badge revoked. If you would like to file a complaint about this seller, please do so here.

3c crunched udpkob

Verified Secure Website with Safe Checkout

This website provides a secure checkout with SSL encryption.

ASF logo Proud Member of Art Storefronts

Your cart is currently empty.

Saved Successfully.

This is only visible to you because you are logged in and are authorized to manage this website. This message is not visible to other website visitors.


Import From Instagram

Click on any Image to continue

Create a New Favorite List



Email this Image to Your Friends

(this will be the "from" email)
(enter recipient email addresses)

Manage Favorites

Below, select which favorite lists you would like to save this product into.


Newsletter Sign-Up


Enter your email below and we'll email you a 15% OFF Coupon right now!

= required

This offer is valid for NEW CUSTOMERS only!

Registered business Ssl Encrypted