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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Their garments and other objects, such as weapons and figurines of warriors,
contribute to an understanding of how the Maya fought. And characteristic Maya
representations of war can begin to reveal the reasons the Maya fought and their
Yet during the eighth century, as well as in later Mesoamerican art, warriors in
bird suits often fall prey to those in feline costume. In fact, the frequent occurrence
of bird costumes worn by defeated warriors suggests that they symbolize defeat.
This is most evident at Cacaxtla, in the Central Mexican state of Tlaxcala, where
the goring of Maya warriors by Mexican warriors is painted in a purely Maya style.
Such records establish that Maya artists, either as captives or as tributary ...
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Foreword Emily Sano ix
Kingship and the Rites of Accession
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