Drawing of Typical Mask Panel showing
Venus hieroglyph under the eyes
Jeff Kowalski, House of the Governor, fig. 151
- Underneath the eyes, on the suborbital plate is a star symbol or
hieroglyph for the planet Venus.
- On the foreheads of the masks is a headband or wreath probably representing featherwork with a rosette at the center [I like to think that the "rosette" at the center of the headband is one of these yellow flowers which grow in such profusion around the House of the Governor today].
- The eyeballs are semi-spherical with inscribed spiral pupils.
- The brow has a scroll design with 3 or occasionally 2 large circles inside.
- The mouth has only an upper jaw filled with teeth -- incisors and scrollike fangs.
- Above the mouth is the protruding downcurving snout always associated with Chac.
- Flanking the face are square earplugs.
Kowalski, House of the Governor, p. 182-183