National Geographic : 1935 Nov
THIS GROTESQUE HEAD WAS THE LEG OF AN ANCIENT ALTAR The face represents a deity of the Maya pantheon, probably a rain god. The stone stands 30 inches high and bears a date thought to be October 11, A. D. 790. This leg is now in the University of Pennsylvania Museum at Philadelphia, while the other three are in Guatemala City (see page 569). COULD THIS MUTE MASK SPEAK, WHAT ASTORY ITWOULD TELL! From whence came theMaya? Why did they abandon the city? Scien tists would ask the figure many such questions. Pyramids and temples were covered originally with plaster and colored with brilliant stucco, but most of the decorations fell topieces after the city was abandoned.