Stela A

Copan: Stela A [January 9, 2004]

"18-Rabbit's costume on Stela A is a majestic exaltation of the role he plays as the surrogate of Butz' Chan's spirit. Dressed in the regalia that his forefather would wear if he appeared as an apparition in the sky, like the ancestor images from Stelae 2 and 31, 18 Rabbit wears the celestial band around his waist as his belt. The symbols that alternate in the rectangular openings along its frame are the crossed bands and other images that normally appear in the sky band that borders the upper edge of cosmological scenes.

The belt heads that hang from the front and sides of the girdle are images of a beautiful young lord; twisted strips of mat below each face indicate that they represent Ahau Pop, the Lord of the Mat. Three shining celts, marked with mirror signs to indicate their brightness, dangle below each belt head. Bags decorated with the heads of the perforator god hang inverted from the king's waist, probably containing stingray spines or lancets of stone like those shown emerging from the king's serpent bar."

Elizabeth A. Newsome, Trees of Paradise and Pillars of the World: The Serial Stela Cycle of 18-Rabbit-God K, King of Copan, p. 134