Lamanai: Stela 9

Lamanai, Stela 9

Image courtesy of a private collector.

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This beautiful rubbing was said to have been made in the early 1970's when Stela 9 was unearthed from the resting place where it had lain broken and partially buried for centuries. The stela was rolled over and the rubbing made using fine light gray linen and ink. I am grateful to the private collector who made this image available for display here.

The mask at the bottom of the rubbing below Smoking Shell's left hand is said to be wearing a crocodile headress similar to the headress worn by the stucco mask on Structure N9-56, and is yet another instance of the importance of crocodile imagry in ancient Lamanai.

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Last update: June 15, 1998