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Xultun: Stela 9
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LOCATION Southernmost of the stelae facing Structure A-4.

CONDITION In 1920, when the stela was first discovered by the CIW, it was lying face down with a large ramon tree growing on top of it. Assuming that the stela had been completely crushed by the weight of the tree, Morley never turned it over. In 1974 the trec, still growing on the stela, was cut down with considerable effort, and the stela was turned over. The roots of the ramon had encircled the stela, and its weight had cracked and crushed the stone. However, the sculptured surface on the front of the stela (though in several pieces) is well preserved except in some small areas. The lower fragment, including the legs of the personage and the base, has been almost completely destroyed and now amounts to little more than rubble.

Even though a large percentage of the sculptured surface has survived, the condition of the stone can hardly be described as being anything but very poor, since the stone is, for the most part, quite friable and many powder like chips break off except when handled with extreme care. A few small fragments were glued onlo some of the larger pieces. About two-thirds of the inscriptions on the sides have flaked off. The stela was left lying face up and was covered with dirt.

MATERIAL Poor quality limestone.

SHAPE Parallel sides, with rounded top.

CARVED AREAS Front and sides.

PHOTOGRAPHS von Euw.

DRAWINGS von EUW based on field drawings corrected by artificial light.

REMARKS Morley mentions a rectangular altar associated with this stela, but no altar of any type was found.

DIMENSIONS (of illustrated fragments)

HLC 2.16 m
MW 1.27 m
MTh approximately
0.55 m
Rel 7.0 cm
 

 

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