|Object Name:||Monument 9: Mouth of the jaguar as a portal to the underworld|
|Creation Date:||700 BC - 500 BC|
|Image source:||© Dr. Manuel Aguilar|
|Monument 9 was found by looters, apparently atop the "Plaza Central" structure 4. This sculpture repeats the earth-monster motif of "El Rey" and "The Governor", here manifested with a full-faced cruciform-shaped mouth. From the clefts on the exterior of the mouth, bromeliad-like plants again grow. |
There is a small motif between the eyebrows, apparently stylized jaguar face with two raindrop-like elements. The large open mouth of this jaguar-monster is formed by a cruciform hollow that passes completely through the carving. The lower portion of this opening is worn and indicates not only that this sculpture was erected as a vertical panel but also that persons could have crawled through the mouth as a ritual passage through the earth-monster's mouth related to death and entrance into the underworld.