Quirigua: Monument 9

Quirigua: Monument 9 [January 8, 2004]

"Columnar stela with a total height of 4.1 m (13 1/2 feet) including its buried uncarved base. Note that the upper northern corner has been broken off. The western side is carved with a frontal portrait of a late Quirigua ruler named Jade Sky. The sculpted figure sands without the usual pedestal mask but holds the ruling symbol (manikin scepter) in the right hand and a small round shield in the left. The headdress is notable for its rich display of feathers that overlap the back of the monument to ground level."

Robert J. Sharer, Quirigua: A Classic Maya Center & Its Sculptures, Carolina Academic Press, 1990, p. 47-8