Xalapa Museum - 2001 - Stele #1 from Piedra Labrada, Veracruz

According to "American Anthropologist" 1957, Vol 59, Page 600: "This monument (Fig. 2) was discovered by Blom and LaFarge (1926:40-

41) in the southern part of Veracruz, near the Gulf of Mexico, in the heart of the Olmec-La Venta area. The stela was once set in a stone base between two mounds. It bears a most peculiar inscription: a bar with two dots under it, presumably to be read as a 7, is placed below an undecipherable glyph. Below all these are three cartouches with geometric, possibly mat, designs inside them. The stela is carved from hard volcanic rock. At the site of Piedra Labrada there is a stone figure of a woman in the style of the colossal heads of Olmec-La Venta art; this is of course no confirmation of an early date. Stylistically, Stela 1 is difficult to place, although according to Thompson (1941:15), the superior glyph “has a superfix which is vaguely reminiscent of that of the day sign beneath the inscription on the Tuxtla statuette.” Caso (1937: 137) identifies this glyph with the Teotihuacan “Reptile’s Eye” (Fig. 3), and in fact shows an Early Classic Teotihuacan vase on the bottom of which is engraved that glyph with an inverted bar-and-dot 7 below it, the goddess “7 Reptile Eye” (Caso 1937: fig. 3). It is unlikely, then, that the number on the Piedra Labrada stela can be interpreted as a baktun coefficient placing FIG.2 the monument in Cycle 7. Nevertheless, even though it does not bear a date, the monument may well be early; there is really nothing with which to compare it in Middle America."

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