National Geographic : 1913 Mar
Photo by Valdeavellano &Co. THIS MONUMENT, KNOWN AS ZOOMORPH G, REPRESENTS THE JAGUAR, OR AMERICAN TIGER The bulging eye, yawning mouth, and clawing fore-leg appear very clearly in the accompanying photograph. The jaguar plays avery impor tant role in Maya mythology, and its skin was extensively used as a priestly vestment. Priestly figures,with jaguar skins hanging from their shoulders, are represented in bas-reliefs from every part of the Maya area.