Photographer's Note

I walked around the north end of this structure to the aesthetic heart of the Codz Poop, namely the west fašade. This limited section, between the collapsed northern doorway #1 and the intact doorway #2, offers us a relatively complete image of its decorative scheme. Vertically, there are seven Chaac masks, the first below the base molding and threshold, a further three extending to the medial molding, and then another three extending up to what would have been the terminal molding. Below the doorway #2, the snout of a Chaac mask acts as a step into the interior. Interesting, there are a couple of circular holes executed in the top side of these snouts. It is believed that candles would have been placed therein; on dark nights, the front of the Codz Poop would have been illuminated, serving as an incredible attraction to inhabitants and visitors alike. In total, there were five doorways on this western side furnishing access to five rooms, backed by a further five. The centre doorway was aligned with that of the main doorway of the eastern fašade. Unfortunately, Tatiana Proskouriakoff did not like it at all. "In view of the tremendous amount of skilled labor involved in carving so many individual pieces of stone, the artistic effect achieved is disappointing, and one regrets that the originality of the designer was not equal to the craftsmanship of the artisan." Comment from "An Album of Maya Architecture", 1946.

Nobody has marked this note useful

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 915] (1950)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-05-15
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
  • More Photo Info: view
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-03-20 4:21
Viewed: 748
Points: 0
  • None
Additional Photos by Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 915] (1950)
View More Pictures