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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black personification head footpnnts 7 Black-Kan God and Bolon Mayel FIGURE
42 OTHER GODS The Jester God The Jester God, named for the resemblance of
his tri-pointed forehead to the cap of medieval court jesters, is an emblem of ...
Furthermore, bloodletting was not practiced only by humans; the gods
themselves gave their blood to maintain the order of the cosmos. The actors
letting blood from their penises on the Huehuetenango vase, for example, are
divine (PI. 72).
His groin is covered with the Perforator God, marking the source of the blood
offering he drops. The cahal stands nearby, ready to assist him in performing the
rite. During both the Early and the Late Classic periods, this rite is recorded either
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Foreword Emily Sano ix
Kingship and the Rites of Accession
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