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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Gate of the Sun (puerta del sol) in Tiwanaku

The gate of the sun is undoubtedly one of the most famous pieces of art in all the Andean world. It has about 4 meters of width by 2.75 meters of height, and a weight of about 10 tons. The gate has been kept exactly where it  was found, and a large crack that goes across it vertically has also been kept untouched.

Three horizontal segments are on the sides of a central figure, with 48 engravings of human-animal form, other than human traits they also have bird and feline traits. All the figures stare at the central figure, which has an identity still unclear. It is a human form which has 24 rays coming out of it and some ending in puma heads. From the eyes fall large tears and its hands hold two cranes which end in a condor head, symbol of power. In its elbows it has some type of heads and on it's breast it has some type of altar.Some historians consider this is the Sun God or one of the high deities of the Tiwanaku Culture.

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