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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Bloodletting. and. the. Vision. Quest. They offered sacrifices of their own blood,
sometimes cutting themselves around in pieces and they left them in this way as
a sign. Other times they pierced their cheeks, at others their lower lips.
Normally the bloodletting bowl marked with the kin sun sign that composes the
forehead of the Quadripartite Monster identifies it as the sun in its daily passage
through all levels of the Maya universe. Here the Vision Serpent rearing out of the
Plate 60 Lancet shaped as a stingray spine Late Classic period, a.d. 600-800
Jade 9.5 x 1.5 cm Lent courtesy of The Art Museum, Princeton University The
stingray spine was most widely used as a lancet in Maya bloodletting rituals.
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