Stela H

Copan: Stela H [January 9, 2004]

The stela's rear (east) side represents the maize god's backrack, and contains complicated imagery representing the central axis of the world and insignia for the cosmic levels that the world tree unites. The backrack is is framed by a magnificent array of tied quetzal feathers.

"The feathers of the king's backrack, which in his actual costume would have been as green as the brilliant foliage of growing maize, ripple around his figure, framing his headdress and flowing in the wind like young leaves."

Elizabeth Newsome, Trees of Paradise and Pillars of the World: The Serial Stela Cycle of "18-Rabbit-God K," King of Copan, p. 129