Ek Balam: Acropolis [June 9, 2004]

A classic Maya image of the underworld is a fish nibbling on a waterlily, which also doubled as an image of fertility. The great Mayanist Linda Schele wrote that "a particularly important title of classic nobility was people of the waterlily." This motif was used to decorates the area underneath the king's feet in the Palace panels at Palenque. It was also used as a headress element in Bonampak Stela 2 where it is worn by Chaan Maun's mother.