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Stone stelae in ancient Mesoamerica served as territorial markers, calendric or historic monuments, or markers for the ritual ballgame. This example, sculpted in a reddish volcanic stone in a style associated with the central Mexican metropolis of Teotihuacan, consists of a circular medallion atop a plan rectangular body. The main disk is carved in relief to reference a perishable feathered standard, in which a central roundel is surrounded by a spray of feathers. The circular field in the center contains an abstracted image. Three circular areas in a horizontal line hover above a u-shaped motif, below which emerge other round shapes.
The moustache-shaped icon and round shapes are associated with the Teotihuacan deity for rain and storms. This abstracted form appears in ceramics, mural painting, and almenas, which are roof ornaments in many of the multi-family apartment compounds and palaces of the city. The Storm God at Teotihuacan is often visually associated with lightning, watery imagery, agricultural fertility, mountains, specific colors, and the earthly quincunx formed by the cardinal directions and a central point.
The Storm God, as in other ancient Mesoamerican societies, had close associations with rulership and martial power. If the stela came from outside of the valley of Teotihuacan itself, it could represent evidence of the imperial expansion of Teotihuacan’s rulers into other parts of Mexico.
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