Monte Alban – The Conquest Slabs?

Stela 6 – Ball Player

Stela 6 is of a ball player in ritual regalia with his arms tied behind his back – almost identical to image 0264. Both images are located near the north-west corner of Platform Sur close to the Danzantes and in the opposite corner of the main plaza from the ballcourt. This curious placement away from the ballcourt suggest that the area in which the Danzantes are located is a sacred symbolic area, like a graveyard, trophy cabinet or library, rather than an area dedicated to the Danzantes specifically. The glyph in the top left corner of a dog with his tongue drooping out, which suggest death, is an interesting touch too. © Robin Heyworth, taken on 27th December 2001