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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The surviving glyphic repertory of Classic-period Maya inscriptions is limited, as
is the visual imagery. Certain verbs occur again and again. Accession,
bloodletting, success in battle — these are the events celebrated by Maya kings
across the ...
1 By 1950 glyph studies had yielded a working methodology for analyzing
arithmetical and calendrical data in Maya inscriptions. Names of deities and
animals had been identified; tables in the Dresden Codex, used by the Maya to
follow the ...
The identification of parentage statements in the inscriptions, a most important
breakthrough, has led to the establishment of the descent lines of many sites. At
Palenque, for example, it has been possible to reconstruct twelve generations of
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Foreword Emily Sano ix
Kingship and the Rites of Accession
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