Uxmal: Detail, House of the Governor

Uxmal: House of the Governor [June 13, 2004]

"The message of the masks is clear. They are images of supernatural power, symbolizing to the people that the authority of the Maya lord who lived within was divinely granted. The ruler was their intercessor and benefactor acting as a divine agent. Just as the monumental representations of Maya lords show them bedecked with a multitude of long-snouted creatures which distinguish them from ordinary mortals, so the House of the Governor is laden with countless masks of like supernaturals, whose distinctive appearance serves to identify the royal nature of the structure from great distances."

Kowalski, Palace of the Governor