Mercado, Plan and Elevation, Marquina 1964:Pl. 272
matter of these figures compares fruitfully to other sculpture at Chichén Itzá, in part because of the ruined state of the carvings, which obscures the style, and in part because of the uncommon subject matter.
Other sculpture at the Mercado is not as suggestive of the time of carving. The main figures on the doorway pilasters are in poor condition, which increases the difficulties of comparison (Ruppert 1943:Figs.19, 20). Three of the six figures wear an animal cape, their
The sculptured sides of the massive altar in the gallery are well preserved and details are fairly easy to recognize. There are many massive altars, perhaps daises, at Chichén Itzá, but few are sculptured and few can be dated
heads emerging through the open jaws of the animal. Except for pectorals, sandals, garters, and wrist or arm coverings, the figures seem to be without clothing. Neither style nor subject 78