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 most common rear head is the skeletal personification of blood, which
indicates that the vision comes from blood. When the personified symbol of blood
is absent, the Vision Serpent rears up from a blood scroll instead. blood and
When buildings were dedicated, crops planted, children born, couples married or
the dead buried, blood was given to express piety and call the gods into
attendance. Consequently, the lancet — the instrument for drawing blood —
became a ...
The background of the scene is filled with a set of signs — shells, God C,
completion, jade beads and others— that occur on blood scrolls; thus, the
medium of the action is blood. The lower half of the main image is a split
representation of the ...
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Foreword Emily J Sana
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