"Columnar stela that rises 5.2 m (17 feet) above the present surface. It is carved with an early beardless frontal portrait of Cauac Sky on the west face which overlaps onto the north and south sides of the monument. He holds a double-headed ceremonial bar horizontally across his chest, and wears a headdress much simpler than those on later monuments.
Monument 8 is oriented to the west, on the edge and facing away from the Great Plaza towards the now vanished ancient course of the Motagua river, indicating that the original focus of Cauac Sky's earlier stelae was toward the river, rather than the north-south orientation developed by the monuments on the later northern Plaza Platform."
Robert J. Sharer, Quirigua: A Classic Maya Center & Its Sculptures, Carolina Academic Press, 1990, p. 45