Stela B

Copan: Stela B [January 9, 2004]

"One of the most intriguing elements of Stela B's iconography is the proliferating foliation that has begun to germinate around the king's body and from the eyes, ears, and heads of the stacked mountain masks. The plants are shown at the moment of their mystical rebirth; they will soon swarm over the entire monument, converting the sacred mountain into a tower of living maize. On the stela's front surface, tendrils of plant growth have sprouted from the king's own body, rising as stalks that flare above his headdress, and terminating in small anthropomorphic heads that represent the maize god, or perhaps the first newly created humans."

Elizabeth Newsome, Trees of Paradise and Pillars of the World: The Serial Stela Cycle of "18-Rabbit-God K," King of Copan, p. 140