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 "smoking ahau" attached to the chin strap may be the key to the meaning of
this portrait image. On Early Classic stelae at Tikal, various images are shown
floating in the top portion of these monuments, above the heads of the rulers ...
One such object, from the British Museum, is a stunning rendition of an Olmec
face and an individualized portrait (PI. 31). The style of this jade mask is clearly
Olmec and would have been recognized as such by the Maya. It is possible that
Plate 3 1 Portrait pectoral Olmec, Middle Preclassic period, 1000-600 b.c Maya
inscription, Protoclassic period, a.d. 50-250 Jade 10.5 x 10.9 cm The Trustees of
The British Museum, London This large gray-green jade was carved into the ...
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