Hormiguero, Str. II

Hormiguero, Structure II [January 5, 2003]

"As a center finial an unusual statue also stands out, with crossed legs and face covered by a voluminous mask with round eyes and a cross-shaped nose ornament, wearing a kind of cape on its back. Divided into two parts that turn downward like wings, the cape (together with the crossed St. Andrew's bands) suggests some celestial deity related perhaps to the bat god, a mythological being pictured with greater frequency in the art of Copan, to the southeast of the central Maya area."

Paul Gendrop, Rio Bec, Chenes, And Puuc Styles in Maya Architecture, p. 72