The Postclassic version of a jaguar throne (this type of throne having strong ties to Maya creation mythology) has been found in at least two places in Chichen Itza. One of them, which has preserved much of its original brilliance (painted in bright red, while its spots are marked by jade inlays and its eyes by turquoise ones), was found buried deep inside the Castillo, associated with an earlier phase of that structure. The one shown in this photograph stands on the threshold leading into the Lower Temple of the Jaguars, just to the east of the Great Ballcourt. Centuries of exposure to the elements and other vicisitudes have left only its stone core.