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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SACRED PLACES AND THINGS The Celestial Monster The Celestial Monster,
sometimes also called the Bicephalic Monster or the Cosmic Monster, has two
heads and a single body (Fig. 22). The body may be rendered as crocodilian or
by a ...
This flint fuses imagery of the diving Celestial Monster from Palenque with the
sinking canoe of life from TikaI. The front, crocodilian end of the Celestial Monster
is often shown with deer ears and hooves. In this example, a deer antler grows ...
The Palenque image can be understood, therefore, as a view of the rear of the
Celestial Monster at the moment when the crocodilian head and body are
already disappearing below ground. The image from this pot is the opposite: the
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