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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Maudslay, for example, visited Yaxchilan in 1882; he was so struck by the beauty
of the monuments that he ordered several to be shipped to England, where they
became the core of the British Museum's collection of Precolumbian antiquities.
Each boy is named in a six-glyph caption, and each bears the title ahau and an
emblem glyph indicating that they are members of the Bonampak and Yaxchilan
royal families. Since five boys are named as Bonampak a/urns, it is clear that ...
15 Among the monuments that portray ceremonies of war and sacrifice directly
preparatory to Bird Jaguar's accession is Stela 11, still at Yaxchilan. The
secondary scene on the stela — facing away from public view — shows Bird
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Foreword Emily Sano ix
Kingship and the Rites of Accession
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