William Niven Tablets from the Peabody Museum at Harvard Part 1

I was made aware the Peabody Museum at Harvard University was holding a number of the ‘tablet‘ discoveries of William Niven from the Valley of Mexico. I have obtained permission to include images of three unnumbered ‘tablets‘ in the My-Mu.com blog.

Incised stone tablet (modern forgery). (c) President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, PM# 28-1-20/C10585 (digital file # 45090033)

Incised stone tablet (modern forgery). (c) President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, PM# 28-1-20/C10585 (digital file # 45090033)


The catalog description reads:

28-1-20/C10585
Inventory Description: Ground stone, architectural element, rectangular, highly porous conglomerate?, two perforations, carved zoomorphic design, reptile?, painted orange & red

Please note the image is protected by copyright by The Peabody Museum at Harvard University

This is the first tablet I have seen with holes, apparently for mounting.

More to follow…

3 responses to “William Niven Tablets from the Peabody Museum at Harvard Part 1

  1. WTF is that supposed to be??? The back end of an armadillo with the upside-down front end of a cat??

    • I am not an expert in the symbolism presented in William Niven’s Valley of Mexico discoveries and do not even have a guess as to the meaning.
      What purpose does it have as an ornament, as there are apparently two holes for mounting purposes?

  2. Nice! It’s great that a few of these didn’t dissappear mysteriously like the rest of them.