The early Preclassic depictions of Chahk are some of the most supernatural and powerfully branded figures. This corpulent, compact kneeling figure is dominated by the massive head densely covered by fully modeled zoomorphic and piscine elements including the fish fin at the top of the head flanked by incised glyphic water signs. These scrolled motifs are identified by Taube as an epigraphic sign for muyal, ‘cloud’ in Maya language (Taube, ‘The Rainmakers’ in Coe, ed., The Olmec World, 1996, p. 95). Taube also notes the figure's head in comparison with the massive stone censers for burning copal incense at Kaminaljuyu, Monuments 16, 17, and 18. Billowing copal smoke was believed to create the rain-making clouds (ibid., p. 96). The head is further marked by thick scrolling brows, barbels from the side of the mouth, fleshy pointed snout-like mouth marked by three drilled water drops, and a broad beard marked with a single shark tooth and curled emanations, the ears projecting at the side are covered by carved Spondylus earflares. Two bands encircle the head, one striated and the other with fine water drops, perhaps indicating an overall massive mask covers the face. Armbands and beaded bracelets adorn each arm and the hands with fingers deeply entwined rest firmly on the belly.
For another kneeling figure of Chahk, see Finamore & Houston, eds., Fiery Pool: the Maya and the Mythic Sea, 2010, p. 240, cat. No. 77.
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