Stela with Queen Ix Mutal Ahaw (detail), 761. Mexico or Guatemala, southern lowlands, Mexico or Guatemala, southern lowlands. Limestone. Museum purchase, Gift of Mrs. Paul L. Wattis. 1999.42
This limestone monument, or stela, comes from the southern Maya lowlands and was once part of a larger archaeological setting built in tribute to ancient Maya political leaders and gods. Stelae like this example were erected to commemorate major political or historic events and to substantiate royal lineages.