Drawing of a ruined temple in Yucatan

Collection ID:
Catherwood, Frederick, 1799-1854
Physical Description:
1 Sheet
36.5 x 21.5 inches

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The drawing shows a pyramid temple known as the "House of the Magician" or "House of the Dwarf," in the ruined city of Uxmal, Yucatan. According to earlier cataloging, Alfred Marston Tozzer (letter of April 25, 1941--not examined) described the drawing as depicting the "eastern facade of the upper two buildings of the House of the Magician. The doorway with its corner masks, without the back of the upper building, was published in the folio edition of Catherwood's drawings, London, 1844, the title of which is, "Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan."

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Catherwood, the artist, was with John Lloyd Stephens on trips to Central America in 1839-1842.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 211,351

Local Note
Local Note
Gouache drawing, framed

Other Title
Other Title
House of the Magician
Other Title
House of the Dwarf

Using the Collection
Manuscript 211,351, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Custodial History
Custodial History
The drawing came into the hands of the father of Clarence King, the geologist, who had furnished money for the expedition. It was presented to W. H. Phillips, of Washington, by Clarence King around 1890. After Mr. Phillips' death, it became the property of Imogene Phillips, who sold it to the Smithsonian for fifty dollars on June 28, 1901. It was purchased from the Secretary's Reserve from the budget of the Bureau of American Ethnology. The drawing has been a part of the anthropology collection since then. It was transferred from the artifactual collections to the National Anthropological Archives in 1988.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Uxmal site (Mexico) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Uxmal (Mexico) -- Yucatan -- Mexico -- Archeology Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
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