Stela D Altar

Copan: Stela D Altar [January 9, 2004]

"Baudez (1994:46) suggests that Stela D and the zoomorphic altar placed before it form an image analogous to that of Stela C's west side: the king appears as the Sun, shown in relation to a monster representing the earth. The ruler's image, he suggests, might symbolize the aging Sun sinking into the underworld."

Elizabeth A. Newsome, Trees of Paradise and Pillars of the World: The Serial Stela Cycle of 18-Rabbit-God K, King of Copan, p. 146

This side of the altar represents the skeletal version of the earth monster.