Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sometimes you feel like a nut

"The head of a gigantic Pauahtun lies on the ground near Temple 11. The façade of Temple 11 once included the largest anthropomorphic figures ever carved in the Maya area which adorned the northwest and northeast corners of the building. Schele and Freidel write that the huge hands of the Pauahtunob held up images of the Cosmic Monster which arched across the roof entablatures. Proskouriakoff was the first to note that there were also dozens of fragments of the body of what must have been this gigantic crocodile lying around the base of Temple 11." (William L. Fash, Scribes, Warriors and Kings: The City of Copán and the Ancient Maya, p. 168)

Sculpted circa AD 773, Copán, western Honduras, close to the border with Guatemala

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