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Stela Fragment

Stela Fragment

600-950

Part of a set. See all set records

Limestone

Each: 31.8 x 30.8 x 12.2 cm (12 1/2 x 12 1/8 x 4 13/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1959.334

Fun Fact

The pointed teeth of the warrior are suggestive of dental modification, a practice known to have occurred from human remains.

Description

Figures appear on two sides of this fragmentary stela (upright stone slab carved in relief). One seems to represent a grimacing warrior who brandishes a club; arrow-like darts festoon his belt and hair. On the other side is a skeleton with one fleshed hand, perhaps a sacrificed captive. The eagle with a leaf in its mouth is a hieroglyph that may identify the captive's name.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Limestone

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