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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When buildings were dedicated, crops planted, children born, couples married or
the dead buried, blood was given to express piety and call the gods into
attendance. Consequently, the lancet — the instrument for drawing blood —
became a ...
Their long white loincloths are splattered with blood as well, and as the dancers
whirl, the centrifugal force of their spin pulls the blood into the paper of the wing
panels. The panels worn by the right figure, the only one to have his heels raised
The background of the scene is filled with a set of signs — shells, God C,
completion, jade beads and others — that occur on blood scrolls; thus, the
medium of the action is blood. The lower half of the main image is a split
representation of the ...
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Though Maya script, symbolism, and mythology are not yet fully understood, research from the last 25 years is showing that the Maya, once seen as "simple'' peaceful people, are now thought to have ... Consulter l'avis complet
Foreword Emily Sano ix
Kingship and the Rites of Accession
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