Detail of Stucco Frieze Depicting Skeletal Figure Carrying Severed Head and Crossed Bands
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Stucco wall known as "Mural de las Cuatros Eras." The left panel presents a large Skeletal God A' wearing turtle shells atop his feet and holding a decapitated head; a pattern of feathers forming crossed bands with a central medallion containing a disembodied head; and a small yellow pocket gopher carrying a jar containing a head; glyphic text identifies these characters. The right panel is more eroded but contains the same crossed bands of feathers and disembodied head pattern; a small individual reclines on a seat or bed of human bones.
Drawn after a postcard published in Mexico. Associated image: Left side only - Freidel, David A., Linda Schele, and Joy Parker. 1993. Maya cosmos: three thousand years on the shaman's path. New York: W. Morrow:320, Fig. 7:25; S. Martin and N. Grube, Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya 2000:185 bottom.