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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With this information alone, the person depicted could be any noble, but the rank
of king is specified by the Double-headed Serpent Bar behind the figure. The bar
alludes to accession rituals in which the right to hold the bar and the powers of ...
The woman at left casts her eyes demurely downward, while the one at right, who
directs her eyes at the king, appears to speak aggressively to him. Women are
frequently depicted holding an object that looks like an aspergillum, a bloodletter,
Unlike any other Late Classic captive, Kan-Xul was depicted still wearing the
emblem of kings, the Jester God headband. The Kan-Xul panel is most striking
for its style, which is different from that of earlier stone monuments at Tonina.
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Foreword Emily Sano ix
Kingship and the Rites of Accession
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