The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art
Kimbell Art Museum, 1986 - 335 pages
An illustrated study of the Maya civilization, drawing from interpretations of the texts embedded in pictorial scenes or carved on stone tablets to provide the meaning of the art and architecture of the ancient culture.
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His eldest son, Chan-Bahlum, however, with his monumental nose and drooping
lower lip, is the most readily recognizable king. Chan-Bahlum, who reigned from
February 10, A.D. 684, to February 20, A.D. 702, constructed the group of ...
Chan-Bahlum, dressed in a simple kilt and barefoot, is as yet unmarked as king.
Streams of blood flow from the Quadripartite Sun Monster that Pacal, the smaller
figure, holds as a scepter. Pacal's clothing is unique to these tablets, but since he
10The tablet depicts Chan-Bahlum, Kan-Xul's older brother and predecessor, as
he exits in triumph from Xibalba after his defeat of death. Executed in low relief,
the scene shows Chan-Bahlum dancing across the water's surface toward his ...
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Kingship and the Rites of Accession
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