"Note that the central figure in the Initial Series introductory glyph is a jaguar, representing the month, Pop. The following columns of full-figure glyphs are each composed of two intertwined creatures, those on the left corresponding to the numerical coefficients, and those on the right symbolizing the long count periods. The first of these is a youthful figure, apparently wearing a false beard, seated cross-legged and leaning to the left, representing the number 9, and holding the *baktun* on his lap."

Robert J. Sharer, Quirigua: A Classic Maya Center & Its Sculptures, Carolina Academic Press, 1990, p. 34