Jaguar Staircase

Copan: Jaguar Staircase, East Court [January 9, 2004]

"Like 18-Rabbit's image on Stela F, the deity head from the Jaguar Stairway has large, erect ears, backswept hair, and a shell beard suspended below his chin. This face, flanked by the twin halves of a Venus sign, emerges from the gaping jaws of a saurian; the upper portion of the monster mask is badly damaged, but it seems to have resembled the creature from the headdress of Stela F. There can be little doubt that 18-Rabbit manifests the same god whose portrait overlooks the ritual arena below Temple 22."

Elizabeth A. Newsome, Trees of Paradise and Pillars of the World: The Serial Stela Cycle of 18-Rabbit-God K, King of Copan, p. 118