Stela 1

Yaxchilan: Central Register, "Temple side" of Stela 1 [January 3, 2004]

The central register is the largest pictorial area on the Temple Side of a Yaxchilan stela, and displays a profile view of a historical ruler performing a blood sacrifice. A robed figure with a snaggle-toothed or bird headdress kneels at the feet of the ruler.

Blood sacrifices by royalty were done on Period Endings and accession anniversaries. The illustrated event on Stela I is the Period Ending 9.16.10.0.0. The ruler always wears what Carolyn Tate has identified as a "Period Ending" costume.