At Coba, INAH has thoughtfully provided drawings of the images and glyphs appearing on stelae. This is just as well, since this is the stela (#20) in the best state of preservation and the detail is not all that clear. Not too many things survive in the out-of-doors for 1200 years! The date registered on this stela is November 30, 780 CE and is the most current appearing so far at Coba. These monuments were raised up by kings to record important events in their lives, usually to confirm the legitimacy of their rule. Coba, its art and architecture, was influenced by these variables as expressed in city states to the south (in the PetÚn).
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