Double Take

I was researching some Mayan mythology (specifically, seeing what I could dig up on Mayan Monsters) when I came across this "escuincle" (which is more Aztec than Mayan.) There are some who think that this sculpture (of quite an ugly species of dog) has the human-mask-face on it to represent the concept of Shamans who could transfer their souls into animals:

I was stunned at the similarity to my own creature, "The Sphinx," which I created about 7 months before ever seeing the Escuincle:

A pretty cool coincidence I think for my crimson-tailed creation to look so similar to a pre-Columbian sculpture from the Oaxaca valley-

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