Great Plaza

Copan Sculpture Museum [January 9, 2004]

A macaw head bench marker from the Copan Sculpture Museum. This marker, in an antique style distinct from the markers currently seen in the ballcourt, comes from the earlier version of the Ballcourt (A-II) before it was rebuilt by 18-Rabbit. Schele, Freidel & Parker note that "Bench markers in the form of macaw heads from at least three of the earlier stages of the Ballcourt were deposited as offerings in and around the Hieroglyphic Stairs. Knowing as we do that the Maya put things into the construction fill of pyramids as part of their ensouling, the Hieroglyphic Stairs held part of the soul essence of its companion Ballcourt."

Schele, Freidel & Parker, Maya Cosmos: Three Thousand Years on the Shaman's Path, p. 364-5