Stela 3, Axum, Tigray, Ethiopia, May 2009

Base, Stela 3, Axum, Tigray, Ethiopia, May 2009

The base of Stela 3, showing the false door and the altar area, with holes for offerings (or perhaps supports for some kind of furniture?) and a series of holes thought to be for an African game. 

Stela 3, Axum, Tigray, Ethiopia, May 2009

The top of Stela 3, showing the brace currently installed as part of a project to lay new concrete at the base of the stela (despite the stela not having shifted at all in the last 100 years, and being thought to have been erected at a slight angle). Stela 3 is the only ornate stela that has actually stood since its erection in Antiquity. 

Base Detail, Stela 3, Axum, Tigray, Ethiopia, May 2009

A detail of the offering holes (?) and the game boards (?) at the base of Stela 3.



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