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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1 The Perforator God stage in life, every event of political or religious importance,
every significant period ending required sanctification through bloodletting. When
buildings were dedicated, crops planted, children born, couples married or the ...
The Maya had long practiced bloodletting rituals as a required preparation for, or
conclusion to, accession rites. The Hauberg Stela of a.d. 199, the earliest dated
monument from the Lowlands, portrays the same bloodletting ritual exactly (PI.
Plate 60 Lancet shaped as a stingray spine Late Classic period, a.d. 600-800
Jade 9.5 x 1.5cm Lent courtesy of The Art Museum, Princeton University The
stingray spine was most widely used as a lancet in Maya bloodletting rituals.
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Foreword Emily J Sana
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