Pakal Votan Tomb Lid:
The head of the Sun Monster/God, Kinich Ahau

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  1. "The Quadripartite Monster appears in the three major versions: as the rear of the Cosmic Monster, as an independant image at the base of the World Tree, and as a scepter of headdress. It never has a body and its head is usually fleshed above the muzzle and skeletal beneath it. A flat bloodletting bowl marked with the sign for the sun, kin, forms its forehead and a stingray spine, a shell, and crossbands rest in the bowl. The Stingray represents the blood of the Middleworld, the shell symbolizes the water of the Underworld; and the crossbands are the path of the sun crossing the Milky Way, a sign of the heavens which can be represented by a bird's wing in Early Classic examples. GI of the Palenque Triad often wears this image as its headdress. The Quadripartite Monster represents the sun as it travels on its journey through the cosmos. (A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya)
  2. During his fall from the Tree of the World, Pakal is seated upon the Monster of the Sun. The monster is aptly represented in its state of transition between life and death: a skeleton from the mouth down, with eyes that have the dilated pupils of living beings. The sun enters into this state of transition at dawn and at dusk. Here, however, the emblem of the Monster of the Sun contains the cimi or sign of death, emphasizing imagery representing the "death of the sun" or sunset, with the sun located on the horizon, ready to sink into the Underworld . . . and take the dead king with it. (Taken from :
(source: A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya)
"quadripartite badge from the Temple of the Cross"

Another depiction,
Kinich Ahau - the Maya Sun God Jade Head

Mayan mask showing a depiction of the same monster, but considered here a God
 . "An idealized portrait of God GIII of the Planeque Triad from
 the Mayan lowlands, this mosaic mask is made of eighty-two individually cut
 deep green mottled jade, spondylus and conch shell plaques. The mask’s large 
squared eyes have distinctive spirally incised conch shell pupils, each carefully 
highlighted by red pigment. The lower eyelids curl over the nose to form the 
characteristic cruller loop between the eyes. The robust nose with slightly flared 
nostrils is carved from a single piece of jade. Distinguished by fish fin shaped 
ornaments at the corners, the wide mouth reveals a filed front tooth and flint-like 
tongue. The figure wears the headdress of the Quadripartite Monster, symbolized 
by the stepped plaque with a central flint. The overall effect is an imposing 
representation of the Mayan deity. (source:

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