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Fearsome Facade

Fearsome Facade
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Sculptures of serpents and other animal heads often adorned Puuc–style building facades and emphasized the links between special structures and the supernatural world of the Maya. Archaeologist Michael Smyth found these intricately carved examples among the fallen stones of a building buried beneath the final stage of the Great Pyramid at Chac. Two of the figures show a common motif in Maya art—a human head wearing a serpent headdress or helmet—and may represent warriors, priests, or divine ancestors.

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm EDIF Zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Hot and muggy
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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