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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The methodology of this study derives from the union of hieroglyphic
decipherment and the interpretation of pictorial imagery, which together allow us
to discover patterns inherent in Maya art. Writing loses meaning unless it follows
As we decipher the writing system and decode the imagery, we are learning to
understand this message, which, since it is not addressed to us or our
sensibilities, is sometimes disturbing. But by reclaiming its meaning, even in part,
we will ...
We hypothesize on the basis of imagery from the Popul Vuh that the Center
Marker may record 18 Rabbit's demise at the hands of his Quirigua captors. In the
tale, Hunahpu injudiciously loses his head to a killer bat. Xbalanque, thinking ...
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