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OLMEC
CEREMONIAL JADE AXE
Think about the visual features of Olmec art. To what might the strange facial features refer? How might a ceremonial axe have been used in Olmec society?
What is this image?
OLMEC
LA VENTA, ALTAR #4
How might this image be related to leadership in Olmec society? How has it been connected to mythology? How does it relate to capture and sacrifice?
What is this image?
OLMEC
LAS LIMAS FIGURE
What might this represent? How do the facial features relate to other Olmec art and how might they influence meaning? How is this typical of Olmec sculpture?
What is this image?
OLMEC
Vessel in the form of a kneeling skeletonized woman
How does this vessel relate to the cycle of life and death? How does it relate to the importance of water in this cycle?
What is this image?
TEOTIHUACAN
"Street of the Dead" leading to the Pyramid of the Moon
How is the layout of the city related to the natural world? the heavens?
What is this image?
TEOTIHUACAN
WATER GODDESS
Why do people think this figure is a water goddess? How do scholars think she might be related to the pyramid of the moon? What does this have to do with the cycle of life (fertility) and death?
What is this image?
MAYA
Drawing of Lintel 8 - Bird Jaguar taking captives
What is this image?
MAYA
Drawing of Lintel 8 - Bird Jaguar taking captives
What is happening in this relief? Who are the figures? How does this relate to our newer understanding of the Maya?
How does this relate to sacrifice in Maya culture?
What is this?
MAYA
Temple of the Inscriptions, Palenque
What kinds of ceremonies might have taken place at this Mayan temple?
How is it connected to the Maya belief in the cycle of life?
What is this?
MAYA
Temple of the Inscriptions, Palenque
This plan and elevation shows the location of Pacal's Sarcophagus deep within the temple with the 13 vaults above. How does this relate to the Maya cosmos? How does this relate to the place of Maya kings in the culture?
What is this?
MAYA
Sacophagus of Pacal from Palenque
Who is represented here? How does this sarcophagus lid indicate his place in the cosmos? How does it relate to the kings place in the cycle of life and death?
What is this?
This shows the corbeled vault beneath the Temple of Inscriptions with Pacal's sarcophagus in place
What is this?
MAYA
Sacophagus of Pacal from Palenque
This is a line drawing of the same sarcophagus lid. In what position does the king lie? Was he really sacrificed?
What is this?
MAYA
Drawing of the Hero twin shooting Seven Macaw, from a Maya pot - compared to the December sky
Why is this pot being compared to the December sky? What does this say about Maya astronomy and mythology?
What is this?
MAYA
Maya ball game from polychrome pot
What are these men doing? How does it relate to the Maya view of the cosmos?
How may it relate to sacrifice?
What is this?