Temple of the Foliated Cross

Palenque: Detail from Temple of the Foliated Cross [January 1, 2004]

In this detail from the previous page, God N, one of the Old Gods, is seen emerging from his conch shell. From his hands, a maize plant grows. Pacal stands on an ear of maize from that plant, represented by the head of the young corn god.

Schele & Miller, in The Blood of Kings, write that the glyphs identify the shell as the k'an hub, or precious shell, followed by Matawil, a supernatural location.