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An encyclopedia of Biblical, chronological, astronomical, geographical, theological, philosophical and natural history subjects. It is an extract or synopsis from different authors, and was begun in 1090 and finished in 1120. Written originally in Latin, it was later translated into French as Le Livre fleurissant en fleurs.


The Margarita Panel, a grand, modeled-stucco building panel, measures almost 9 feet high by 12 feet wide. Discovered by a Penn Museum excavation team in the 1990s, it features the emblematic name of Copan’s royal founder, K’inich Yax K’uk’ Mo’. The king’s name is shown as two entwined birds: a quetzal bird (k’uk’) and scarlet macaw (mo’), with crest elements that spell the initial part of the name yax meaning ‘first’ or ‘green.’ Carved around 450 CE it is in remarkable condition buried deep within the Copan Acropolis. MAYA 2012 features a replica of this monumental piece in its full-color splendor.
Photo courtesy of the Early Copan Acropolis Project, Penn Museum.