LOCATION According to Arthes (1991, p. 84), he and his men extracted the main portion of the shaft from where it lay beneath a mahogany trunk 8 m in circumference. Maler recognized that it had been set centrally at the foot of the stairway up the west side of Structure A-10, which starts from a landing reached by five broad steps. The top of the shaft eluded all searches until 1964, when I found that it had been carried 27 m from where it fell, and reset upside-down, probably in the Postclassic Period. As such it is catalogued as Stela 22 (see Smith 1982, pp. 138,139), but treated here only as part of Stela 6.
CONDITION When knocked down, probably by a tree that fell nearly a thousand years ago, the lower portion of the stela fell on its face, and was thus protected from erosion. The right halves of three glyphs, however, became detached at some time from a cleavage plane that runs through the shaft at an angle of about 25 degrees to the front surface. Two pieces of the lost glyphs were found by the Seibal Project and cemented in place, but they have since fallen off and disappeared. The upper fragment, after removal and precarious resetting (Smith 1982, p. 138), also fell facedown. Three glyphs are fairly well preserved, four are badly damaged, and one has split off entirely. The original top is also badly damaged.
MATERIAL Limestone of markedly laminated texture.
SHAPE A well-shaped shaft with parallel sides; top of unknown form.
PHOTOGRAPHS Graham. Note: part of the upper border is not shown, since the photo is of Stela 22 as re-erected with that portion set in the ground.
DRAWING Graham, based on field drawings corrected by artificial light, except for the two small fragments, the only record of which is photographic.