Hieroglyphic Staircase

Hieroglyphic Staircase: Portrait of Ruler 12 [January 9, 2004]

In this portrait near the base of the Hieroglyphic Stairway, Ruler 12 looks out through a huge open-jawed war mask surrounded by a feathered headdress. His tomb has been discovered inside this structure.

"David Stuart has deciphered texts on the Hieroglyphic Stairway that say the steps 'cover the tomb of the Copán lord' (Step 1), describe the burial of Ruler 12 (Step 5), and state that the Hieroglyphic Stairway was dedicated in honor of the memory of Ruler 12, by his successor [18-Rabbit]."

William L. Fash, Scribes, Warriors and Kings: The City of Copán and the Ancient Maya, p. 111