Tikal: Temple II

Roof comb of Temple II [January 6, 2004]

"The roof crest or roof comb is a sort of huge wall which was placed on the roof of a temple to add to the height and consequent grandeur of the whole structure and to supply a space on which masks and figures of gods modeled in stucco could be displayed. At Tikal roof combs are of imposing dimensions, sometimes as high as forty feet."

J. Eric S. Thompson, Maya Archaeologist, p. 197