Detail of Serpent Head Carving on the Platform of the Eagles and Jaguars, Chichen Itza Archaeological Site, Yucatan, Mexico

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Detail of Serpent Head Carving on the Platform of the Eagles and Jaguars, Chichen Itza, Yucatan Peninsular, Mexico. Maya and Toltek archeological site. This rectangular platform resembles that of Venus and other constructions built in the Maya Toltec style. It has four small staircases one on each side. The balustrades of these steps represent ascending plumed serpents which end with serpent figureheads in the upper part of the building. Prostrate figures are found on the panels and beneath them eagles and jaguars clutching human hearts. These animals possibly represented warrior castes. The platform was probably used for religious or ceremonial purposes and dates to approximately 900AD.
Location: Mexico