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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Shield Jaguar, already dressed in cotton armor, carries a short stabbing knife (Fig
. V.2). Lady Xoc stands silently beside him with blood still oozing from her
wounded mouth. In her hands she holds her husband's jaguar helmet and
62c), one relating to Shield Jaguar, the other to his wife. The first three glyphs
record the date and the event, "he is letting blood," with additional glyphs
apparently specifying the particular ritual context. Shield Jaguar's name begins at
E2b, with ...
V.5b), which projects outward, commemorates an exchange of "holey banners,"
staffs wrapped with cloth that has flapped cutouts, between Bird Jaguar on the
right and Shield Jaguar on the left. This event occurred some time prior to Bird ...
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