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designs of vines, flowers, and birds might have been the Great Ball Court, which perhaps served as the model for the incomplete floral panels found in the Xtoloc Temple and in the fill of the Temple of the Warriors (Proskouriakoff 1970, Morley 1925:249, Morris 1931:148-150). Floral designs first appear very early at Chichén Itzá in the Lower Jaguar Temple and variations on the theme occur intermittently thereafter. The hieroglyphic inscription at the base of the west jamb beneath the floral design bears no decipherable date among the eight glyphs and is therefore of limited chronological value (Proskouriakoff 1970).

Castillo of Old Chichén in 1974

Ruppert 1952:Fig. 77

The sculptured eagle, carved on a recessed panel of the battered west face of the pyramid, is also of limited chronological significance (Ruppert 1952:Figs. 77b, 142e). The wings of this eagle are outstretched in full ventral view, while the position of the torso and feet indicates the bird faced the observer’s left, toward the front of the pyramid. One leg is upraised, clutching the round object often supposed to be a heart. Tail feathers descend to the observer’s right, presenting the torso of the bird in a three-quarter view. The result, with the wings in full ventral view and the feet in side view, is awkward, but not strained. 113

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Architecture and Chronology at Chichén Itzá, Yucatán  

Architecture and Chronology at Chichén Itzá, Yucatán