Maya stelae are monuments that were fashioned by the Maya civilization
of ancient Mesoamerica. They consisted of tall sculpted stone shafts
and were often associated with low circular stones referred to as
altars, although their actual function is uncertain. Many stelae were
sculpted in low relief, although plain monuments are found throughout
the Maya region. Stelae became closely associated with the concept of
divine kingship and declined at the same time as this institution. The
production of stelae by the Maya had its origin around 400 BC and
continued through to the end of the Classic Period, around 900 AD,
although some monuments were reused in the Postclassic (c.
900–1521 AD). The major city of Calakmul in Mexico raised the greatest
number of stelae known from any Maya city, numbering at least 166,
although they are very poorly preserved. Stelae were essentially stone
banners raised to glorify the king and record his deeds, although the
earliest examples depict mythological scenes. Imagery developed
throughout the Classic Period, with Early Classic stelae (c.
250–600 AD) displaying non-Maya characteristics from the 4th century AD
onwards, with the introduction of imagery linked to the central Mexican
metropolis of Teotihuacan. As the Classic Period came to an end, stelae
ceased to be erected, with the last known examples being raised in
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