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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Shield Jaguar, already dressed in cotton armor, carries a short stabbing knife (Fig
. V.2). Lady Xoc stands silently beside him with blood still oozing from her
wounded mouth. In her hands she holds her husband's jaguar helmet and
Shield Jaguar constructed a building, called Structure 44, that enumerated his
victories in battle and the humiliation of his foes. Structure 23, also constructed by
Shield Jaguar, contains a series of three lintels, now numbered 24, 25 (PIs.
V.5b), which projects outward, commemorates an exchange of "holey banners,"
staffs wrapped with cloth that has flapped cutouts, between Bird Jaguar on the
right and Shield Jaguar on the left. This event occurred some time prior to Bird ...
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Foreword Emily J Sana
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