Bonampak's Stela 1 represents the ruler Chaan Muan II at the height of his reign. Chan Muan is also believed to be the protagonist portrayed in the murals as well as the subject of Stelae 2 and 3 which flank the acropolis stairway.
Merle Green writes: "In falling, Stela 1 broke into about eight pieces, of which this is the largest. Unfortunately the top fragment fell face up and the rains of a millennium have eroded the rest of the headdress."
Ancient Maya Relief Sculpture: Rubbings by Merle Greene. The Museum of Primitive Art. New York, 1967