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Catalog Data

Collection Creator:
Holstein, Otto, 1883-1934  Search this
20 Photographic prints
3 Copy negatives
Photo-folder 52
Photo-folder 53
Photo-folder 54
Photo-folder 55
ChimĂș (archaeological culture)  Search this
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Copy negatives
Scope and Contents:
[From the Original 1927 Catalog] This group of great extent is located in the second line of works further inland than the Chaiuak [Chaiwak], Tschudi and Rivero groups. It is rectangular in form and is surrounded by a great wall. On the southeastern side the wall is double and is relatively well preserved in some sections. This wall is different than the others in two essential details. It has no tomb or high main building but in place of these it has a sort of a stadium occupying about a fourth of the area. The most characteristic thing it encloses is "the Labyrinth" a group of small constructions which although raised on a strictly geometric plan give the effect of a labyrinth. A plan of this section has been made.
P08756-P08775, N36306-N36308
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Major Otto Holstein photographs from Chan Chan, Peru, Item Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Major Otto Holstein photographs from Chan Chan, Peru
Major Otto Holstein photographs from Chan Chan, Peru / Series 4: Study of Chan Chan
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian