Structure 20

Yaxchilan: Structure 20 [January 3, 2004]

"In the niche on the northwest end of the structure there remains a cross-legged figure dressed in an elaborate feathered headdress and seated on the zoomorphic throne. It is slightly larger than the size of an average modern Maya. The head is 17 by 14 cm, shoulders 53 cm wide. The figure's knees would have projected out of the niche and over the zoomorphic throne. It is very likely that each niche held a similar figure, because they are very close in size, the mortises are located in identical spots in each niche, and traces of the zoomorphic mask panels remain under each niche."

Carolyn E. Tate, Yaxchilan: The Design of a Maya Ceremonial City, p. 189