Monte Albán: Stele 9--page 13 (of fifteen pages)

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Stele (or obelisk--it has a pointed top) in an important location

Because of this central location the stele no doubt had connections with events taking pace on the North Platform. Although it is somewhat eroded, details on the four faces, all incised, can be discerned. Below, the drawing and stele can be seen (enlarged) together by clicking on the appropriate link.

South face

Here a male figure is elaborately dressed. According to Miller, the Zapotecs wore tall headdresses with symbolic motifs, as evidenced here. The regal figure's name may be represented by the lower glyph--8 Flower.
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East face

On this face there are two figures, one above the other, both with elaborate headdresses adorned with precious stones; they are probably priests since they carry bags of copal. The glyph by their faces represents "word."
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North face

On this face two figures are talking; their names are over their heads. Under them glyphs may record important events in the history of the culture.
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West face

Here an elaborately dressed priest is represented; glyphs may tell of his history.
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Works consulted or quoted:
Andrew Coe. Archaeological Mexico. Emeryville, CA: Avalon Travel Publishing, 2001.
Michael D. Coe and Rex Koontz. Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs. Fifth Edition. London: Thames & Hudson, 2002.
Nelly M. Robles Garcia. Monte Albán: History, Art, Monuments. Mexico: Monclem Ediciones, 2004. [official guide]
INAH. Signage at the site.
Mary Ellen Miller. The Art of Mesoamerica: From Olmec to Aztec. Third Edition. London: Thames and Hudson, 2001.

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