LOCATION This stela stood about halfway between the center of the Stela Platform and its southwest corner. In 1983 it was removed for exhibition in the small museum within the INAH Parador, or Visitor Center, at the entrance to the ruins.
CONDITION The only stela on the Platform that fell face down, it is by far the best preserved. As it fell, however, this heavy monolith broke into one large and 12 other fragments. They were fitted together again by Blom in 1930. Around 1970 two fragments fell out of place and were lost; on them the principal figure's pectoral and part of his belt were shown. A carved fragment that may belong to the lower left border of this stela is shown lying on Stela 15 in one of Blom's unpublished photographs at Tulane.
MATERIAL White limestone showing pink veins, and flawed in places by holes; an especially large one disfigures the upper left part of the front surface.
SHAPE The shaft tapers evenly toward the top, which is irregular in outline. The front surface shows a spherical outward bulge, and the carved design continues over the sharply receding surface in the upper left extremity of the shaft (illustrated here in a separate photograph). Below the "ground level" of the main scene, the shaft narrows to an irregular and almost nonexistent butt, though it extends further down toward the back than is apparent to the oblique view of a camera aimed at the center of the stela.
PHOTOGRAPHS 1930 photograph: Leyrer; others: Graham.
DRAWING Graham, based on a field drawing.