National Geographic : 1940 May
STONE IDOLS OF THE ANDES REVEAL A VANISHED PEOPLE A "FINE FELLOW," ONE NATIVE CALLED THIS IMMENSE BLOCK OF STONE FURY More than five feet wide, the huge carved image is a magnificent example of the art of the second period, perhaps about A. D. 600 (pages 636 and 646). Only the upper part of the figure is shown here. Some of the giant statues unearthed by the author weighed more than 15 tons. MONKEY HEADS EMBELLISH A HOUSE-SHAPED THRONE The carved stone block, found near Plata Vieja, is a model of a tribal day house. In the center of each side is an entrance, with a skull hanging above it. The monkeys may have been the tribal totem (page 641).