Perhaps the most beautiful of the stelae in the Great Plaza, depicts Waxaklajuun Ub'aah K'awiil, however there is no clear indication of what the event is that he is dressed for. On the text at the sides of Stela A there are references to 4 different visitors that attended the ceremony this stela commemorated, the glyphs are those of Copan, Tikal, Calakmul and Palenque although no proper names where used only titles and emblem glyphs. Stela A is now in danger if crumbling because of centuries of exposure to the elements. The date on this stela is for early 732 A.D. only 60 days after Stela H.

This stela presents a unique sculpture style, departing from the traditional style seen at the other stelae in Copan. In Stela B Waxaklajuun Ub'aah K'awiil is surrounded by the walls of a cave in fact naming him the mountain, also on the back of the stela there are numerous references to his status as a mountain figure related to the founder by a the glyph of the macaw (mo') and the glyph for mountain (witz). The date that this stela was commissioned was August 22, 731 A.D.

This stela was carved to commemorate the first katun ending after the accession of Waxaklajuun Ub'aah K'awiil on 9.14.0.0.0 (December 5, 711 A.D.) it is carved on both sides so that it he is facing both the rising and setting sun. On the west side of Stela C a turtle shaped altar was found known as the Cosmic Turtle.

This stela also has a bloodletting theme, as evidenced by the perforator gods on the headdress. Waxaklajuun Ub'aah K'awiil wears a mask that is too eroded to identify exactly what deity he is portraying but of this mask the most interesting feature is that it's the first of its nature to appear at Copan and later copied by Yax Pasaj Chan Yoaat as well as by the captor and executioner of Waxaklajuun Ub'aah K'awiil, K'ak' Tiliw of Quirigua, this copying of style by the conqueror of one of the most prolific patron of the arts is interesting and is a sign of respect for his victim. This stela was erected on July 22, 736 A.D.

 

This stela is located in front, as dedication, of Structure 1, this structure is dated to the Late Classic Period, further analysis of the art and the carving style present in this sculpture states that the stela is much earlier than the structure. This tells us that the stela was relocated from some other place to be placed in front of Structure 1 at its completion.

 

Copan's Stelae, the stela of Copan, stone carved stella, stone carved monuments, Maya stone carvings, Maya sculpture, MaCopan's Stelae, the stela of Copan, stone carved stella, stone carved monuments, Maya stone carvings, Maya sculpture, Maya sculpted monumentsya sculpted monumentsLocated on the east side of the plaza this stela has a more lyrical or fully round sculptural design. This means that the sculpture is of a more natural nature, with the relief showing a well rounded figure with his feet at a natural 45° angle, instead of the more traditional setting with the feet flat and to the sides. His robes are seen flowing around him and to the other side of the sculpture. The glyphs carved on to stela F narrate the mythical meeting that transpired between Waxaklajuun Ub'aah K'awiil and a deity. The glyphs at the back are also very intricately adorned, surrounded by a rope that groups them in 5 separate cartouches each with 4 glyphs. The date listed is (October 13, 721 A.D.).


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