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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Blood Blood was represented in numerous ways (Fig. 29), but it is commonly
indicated by a scroll- shaped form outlined with a contour of beads (Fig. 29d,e).
Often the glyphs for the colors red, yellow and blue, as well as the signs (Fig. 29a,
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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