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        King Uaxaclajuun Ub'aah K'awiil (695-738 AD)

        Stelae, or upright stone slabs with commemorative inscriptions, could also be used to represent royalty and other elites. This stela shows a Mayan king of Copan from the eighth century. By this time, the ruler of a city-state (known as k’uhul ahaw, or “divine lord”) had taken on a nearly religious status, requiring him to master many roles.

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