Stela 1

Yaxchilan: Lower register of "Temple Side " of Stela 1 [January 3, 2004]

"Below the ruler's feet is his territory, symbolized as a monster composed of toponymic, agricultural, and astronomical symbols...On the temple side, or front, of Stela I, a frontal sun god holds a skeletal bicephalic serpent bar. The sun god wears an ahau belt like a ruler and is seated like a ruler, but is marked as the sun and holds a skeletal emblem of royal mediating power. This could be a reference to the deceased members of the Yaxchilan dynasty, who traditionally performed transfers of power on summer solstice, now transformed into the sun and existing in the Underworld."

Carolyn E. Tate, Yaxchilan: The Design of a Maya Ceremonial City, p. 66, 100