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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Many scholars have taken this Palenque passage to refer to the great ruler Pacal,
but this seems not to be the case. The phonetic reference to the word Pacal is
preceded by a possessive pronoun (u, in the language of the writing system).
The greatest funerary monument known from the Classic period, the stone lid of
Pacal's sarcophagus in the Temple of Inscriptions at Palenque, is carved with a
scene showing the moment of death as a fall into the Maw of the Underworld (PI.
The events that occurred on that day are twofold: Chac-Xib-Chac enacted a "
house" event under the auspices of Pacal, and Pacal's twelve- year-old son, Kan-
Xul, celebrated an unknown rite. The glyphs recording Kan-Xul's action have not
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