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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Lintel 25, the second in the series, shows the consequence and purpose of the
bloodletting rite (PI. 63). The same woman, still kneeling, gazes upward at an
apparition, a Tlaloc warrior, emerging from the gaping mouth of a Vision Serpent.
PLATE 66 Stela with a ruler having a vision Protoclassic period, A.D. 199
Limestone H. 83.8cm John H. Hauberg ... With his left hand he holds the Vision
Serpent against his chest, while his right hand extends outward in the scattering
dess and her rabbit, rises with the vision. An anthropomorphic god with a deer
ear stands below and behind the head of the Vision Serpent, leaning over to
avoid its passage and blowing on a conch shell trumpet to announce its arrival.
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Foreword Emily Sano ix
Kingship and the Rites of Accession
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