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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Pectorals were carved from jade or wood or were mosaics assembled from thin
pieces of jade (PI. 18). Imagery included important gods and symbols of rulership
— principally the jaguar, the Jester God, the Sun God and ahau in its ...
The bench's upright back is carved with a seated figure, surrounded by huge
volutes designated as blood by bone and bead motifs. The king sits upright with
his hand spread on the bench as he gazes in concentration; his face, framed by
1974, Mexican archaeologists uncovered an elaborate carved tier of steps near
the top of Structure 33, a building that celebrates the accession and reign of Bird
Jaguar, who acceded in a.d. 752. Of the thirteen carved blocks that make up the ...
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