The Crowned Face(s)



George J. Haas


The Crowned Face (M0203051) or what has been referred to by some as the King Face, is located within Libya Montes (M0203051) in an area that has become known as the Mount Rushmore of Mars (Figure 1). Since its discovery in the summer of 2000 by fellow Mars researcher Greg Orme,1 this complex facial monument has become a source of much debate throughout the scientific and anomaly hunting community.



Figure 1

Mount Rushmore on Mars (Crop of MOC image M0203051)  - Libya Montes



On April 5th, 2001 founder of Meta Research Tom Van Flandern held a press conference at the National Press Club in New York announcing the discovery of additional face-like structures on Mars and showcased the  Crown Face (Figure 2) along with various other anomalous structures found on Mars. Like many other researchers, Van Flandern sees the Crown Face as a visage of a single head. When speaking of the image Van Flandern said the following:


“While not near the Cydonia area, this face portrayal is again striking for the richness of its detail,

far better than the typical face arising in clouds or geological formations on Earth. The latter

tend to be distorted and grotesque when they are more than simply impressionistic.”2




Figure 2

Crowned Face (M02-03051)



In examining the facial features of the Crowned Face, its structural dimensions appeared quite accurate although there is no defined border framing the right side of the face. The face is imbedded within the surrounding ridgeline of a sloping cliff that flows down into a sandy valley of dunes. The crown appears to be formed within the natural ridgeline that extends beyond the face. Within the face are two dark eye features. Although the left eye is aligned in the proper orientation to the nasal bridge line, the right eye is off set. This gives the impression that both eyes are to be seen as left eyes. Following the nasal bridge down the face, there are suggestions of nostrils and below the nose is a soft parted mouth that completes the face.


When the left side of the Crowned Face is mirrored a feminine visage takes form (Figure 3). The overall face takes the shape of a fault line that frames its internal features. Notice the winged headdress and the textured, lattices pattern that forms across the forehead creating a decorative crest. At the center of the crest is a V-shaped emblem formed between two elaborate flaming eyebrows.  Note the wing formation of the central emblem forms a Phoenix Bird with flaming wings. Below the flaming eyebrows the face has shadowy deep-set eyes, a nose, lips and a chin ornament. Below the deep-set eyes are two pockmarks, or holes with connecting shafts that extend below the checks forming tear bands.



Figure 3

Phoenix Mask

The Crowned Face: left side mirrored



When most people look at the cropped version of the Crown Face, as presented by many researchers, (Figure 2) they envision the face as the remains of a fully symmetrical face that was altered. They speculate that the right side of the face was either highly eroded or damaged at some point in the past giving it its off-kilter look. Well, the problem with this explanation is that when the right side of the Crown Face is mirrored a fully distorted image is produced, that has no nose, no mouth, and two left eyes.

When the Crown Face is re-examined in its original context, within the cliff, the right side of the face could be viewed as the left half of another completely different face. As observed by Greg Orme the Crown Face may actually be part of a larger, more complex set of half-faces.3 Following the extended mouth line of the Phoenix Mask that extends into the slop of the cliff from the chin ornament a left facing muzzle and mouth are formed (Figure 4). Above the muzzle there is the suggestion of a pug-shaped nose and the offset eye seen in the original Crowned Face image. Continuing to the right, beyond the second face, a third partial shaped mask is again visible. Like a set of overlapping profiles, these three half faced heads emerge out of the cliff face in an evenly space format. In figure 4 a red demarcation line highlights the precise alignment of this three faced composite of “half faces.”



Figure 4

Mount Rushmore with Demarcation.

Note the three half faces.



When the right side of the second face is mirrored, along the demarcation illustrated in figure 4, a Were-Jaguar face is revealed with the Crowned Faced mask framing it on either side (Figure 5). Notice the elaborate crown formation with a small inset mask, the feline shaped eyes, the pug nose and snarling aspect of the muzzle. 




Figure 5

Were-Jaguar Mask

The Crowned Face: right side mirrored



When the third face on the far right side of the composite mask is mirrored, along the third demarcation line, a moth shaped Mardi-Gras mask is revealed with a totemic demon mask inserted in the center of the headdress (Figure 6). Note the large compartmentalized wing shaped grid forms two wing shaped eyes. Below the cross section of the wings is a small nose and puckered lips that form the lower segment of the body. There is also a set of feathered antenna extending from the wing, framing the demon mask.



Figure 6

The Moth Totem

Note the progression of the half faces from the central butterfly mask.



When the Butterfly Mask is compared to a contemporary Mardi-Gras mask produced out of a segmented arrangement of crystals the common compartmentalized design of the two masks become quite apparent (Figure 7).


Figure 7

Butterfly Mask Comparison

Note the compartmentalized design.

Left: Detail of Crowned Face composite on Mars (highlighted).

Right: Butterfly Mask (crystal) – Daniel Swarovski Jewelry.


Because caterpillars can turn into moths and butterflies they are seen as symbols of transformation in many cultures, especially throughout Mesoamerica. When one considers that a half faced human and a were-jaguar mask flanks a Moth mask, the same message of human and feline transformation that is imbedded within the Face at Cydonia becomes quite plausible.  And just as the Face at Cydonia has a direct relationship with a pair of masks found at the Ceros Mexico, when the Moth Totem on Mars is compared to a tri-faced Aztec mask known as the Three Faces of Life (Figure 8), a repetitive theme of transformation can be established within their common segmented composite design. While the Moth Totem mask deals with the transformation of human to feline, the Aztec mask deals with the transformation of youth to death.


Figure 8

Aztec Mask: The Three Faces of Life

Note the progression of the faces from the youthful face in the center,

to the split elderly face over that, to the split death mask on the outside.








1.)    Greg Orme, @

2.)    Tom Van Flandern is a member of SPSR and a former Naval Observatory Astronomer: His website mentions the Crown Face in item number 44.

3.)    Greg Orme, The King’s Valley, September 2000.




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