Copan Sculpture Museum

Copan Sculpture Museum [January 9, 2004]

"Carved from a single block of stone, this sculpture depicts the storm god Chaak in a particularly snake-like form, with upturned snout and sharp tooth. With a great bird rearing back, fish in mouth, to form the headdress, this figure can be identified as a particular version or aspect of Chaak dubbed GI (one), of the Palenque Triad Gods. This god was especially important at the city of Palenque, where he was impersonated by kings on a number of monuments."

Mary Miller & Simon Martin, Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya, p. 74