Corpus Volume 12

Santa Elena Monuments in Balancan Museum, Tabasco

On April 27, 2019, Bruce Love photographed four monuments in the Dr. José Gómez Panaco Museum in Balancan, Tabasco, Mexico, at night. Love thanks Arquitecto Narciso Alberto Pérez Nuila, Director de Sitios y Monumentos del Patrimonio Cultural de la Secretaría de Cultura de Tabasco for permission to photograph and publish the monuments, and Edany Montuy López, Director of the museum for facilitating his work there. (Other pieces in the museum are scheduled for future Corpus Volumes.)

Vicinity Map: Locations of Balancan and Santa Elena, Tabasco, Mexico. Source of base map: Mundo Maya, Maya World. Edición Quimera (2007).
Museo Dr. José Gómez Panaco, Balancan, Tabasco, Mexico
Overview of monuments in the museum (updated nomenclature March 2023)

Photographs by Bruce Love. Drawings by Sergei Vepretskii.

Santa Elena Monuments in Balancan Museum, Tabasco (photographed April 27, 2019)

Monument 1
Height: 1.83 m
Width: 1.96 m
Thickness: 0.35-0.46 m

Monument 2
Height: 1.80 m
Width: 1.57 m
Thickness: 0.32-0.35 m

Monument 3
Height: 1.60 m
Width: 1.04 m
Thickness: 0.33-0.35 m

Monument 4
Height: 1.05 m
Width: 1.32 m
Thickness: 0.34-0.38 m

Suggested Citation: Love, Bruce and Sergei Vepretskii. “Corpus Volume 12: Santa Elena Monuments in Balancan Museum, Tabasco.” Contributions to Mesoamerican Studies, March 13, 2023.

Corpus Volume 12 was revised on March 13, 2023 (originally published October 7, 2022) to reflect previously established nomenclature. See the forthcoming Research Contribution 14 to read more about the Santa Elena Monuments in the Balancan Museum.

Downloadable PDF (updated March 2023): CtMS_Corpus_V012_Santa_Elena_Balancan_Mexico

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