Here, on the northwest corner of the temple, is a glowering mask incorporating a feathered headdress considered to be the ancient god of the dynasties, Itzamna. This god is associated with the dew and other substances from the sky such as rain; additionally the god is thought responsible for fertility and life, generally. This temple is also known as the Temple of the Paintings. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to view the interior murals on the exterior of the older, smaller temple that is protected by the surrounding gallery. One remarkable scene shows the rain god Chaac seated on a four-legged animal, likely inspired by conquistadors on horseback.
This concludes my uploads from Tulum. On the way back to the hotel, my driver Girardo decided I should see the ecological park at Yal-Ku, located just to the north of Akumal. I am not the type to paddle about but I was most excited to view the sculptures that populate the grounds.