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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Pacal, confident of defeating death, has made north his destination: His head
was placed in the north end of the coffin, and the World Tree on the lid points
north, although Pacal himself is depicted in his southward fall. Just as the sun
A World Tree in the Dresden Codex (page 3) also has this distinctive shape.
Furthermore, the sap of this tree is a deep red. Therefore, the use of blood
symbols on the branches and trunk of the World Tree on the sarcophagus may be
based on ...
From the center of the cave rises the axis mundi, the World Tree at the center of
the universe. A Celestial Bird, the symbol of the heavenly realm, sits atop the tree.
The World Tree is specially marked as a sacred being; te', or "wood," signs tell ...
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Foreword Emily J Sana
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