The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art
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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Rarely, it can be held as a scepter by a king. front leg personified wing sky band
body rear head inverted stingray spine cauac sign Quadripartite Badge (crossed-
band, stingray spine, shell, and bowl) blood stream blood stream Figure 22 front
Figure 23 for the day Cauac, a day name derived from the word for lightning bolt.
Even today, Maya peoples believe that obsidian and flint are made when
lightning strikes the earth (the word for ax also derives from "lightning bolt").
Images of ...
The scene begins in a stepped depression that usually occurs as the forehead of
the Cauac Monster (PI. 120b). Here, it is presented as an independent,
architectonic symbol of the door between the natural and supernatural worlds, as
if the ...
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