A Mayan Stela, Long at LACMA, Returns to Mexico
|La Mar Stela 3, 795 CE. (c) Museum Associates/LACMA|
LACMA's Unframed blog reports that a Mayan stela, on loan to the institution since 1981, was restituted to Mexico in September 2021. Known as La Mar Stela 3, it is now on view at the Salón Iberoamericano of the Secretary of Public Education, Mexico City.
The stela was previously on display at the pre-Norton Simon Pasadena Museum and the Bowers Museum. At LACMA it was one of the most striking works of Mayan sculpture. Inscriptions identify the main figure as Parrot Chahk, either a mortal warrior or an avian incarnation of the rain god Chahk.
The Unframed post does not identify the American lender of the stela but says that LACMA "collaborated on this diplomatic effort to see the monument's return to Mexico."