Copan. stele D and Temple II on the Grand Plaza.
3rd-9th c Pre-Columbian: Mesoamerican Mayan (Classic) Sculpture
(active Classic/ Post Classic c. 200 - 1520)
Following the death of the 13th ruler 18 Rabbit Copan entered a period of seeming dormancy - no new stelae were erected. Scholars had noted that after the placement of Stele D in 18.104.22.168.0 (AD 736), no further free-standing monuments were erected until stele M, in 22.214.171.124.0 (AD 756). This was taken by some to mean that Copan went into a decline after the loss of their distinguished ruler, and was unable to marshal public labor for monuments until nearly 20 years after his death.
MAYA | Stele D and Temple II on the Grand Plaza. | 200-900 | Pre-Columbian: Mesoamerican | Maya Classic
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