Quirigua: Monument x

Quirigua: Zoomorph G [January 8, 2004]

"The second colossal boulder carved over its entire upper surface, located on the northern Plaza Platform (4.4 m long and 1.2 m height). It appears to represent a composite mythological creature with predominant feline (jaguar) characteristics along with possible amphibian (toad?) traits. Note the jaguar mouth and fangs (north side) as well as the clawed front and rear paws with dappled spots. But also note the additional possible representations of scales(?) and poison glands behind the eyes typical of the sacred tropical toad, bufo marinus."

Robert J. Sharer, Quirigua: A Classic Maya Center & Its Sculptures, Carolina Academic Press, 1990, p. 42-3