More Mayan-inspired Art

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Bahlam

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Jaguar (bahlam) with glyphs and other figures. (NB, _not_ Smurfs.). More Mayan-inspired art.

The glyphs are real but aren’t drawn in any proper order, so I hope I’m not saying anything untoward or obscene in Classical Mayan.

As a bit of an aside, I think that some of the faces in the codices ( especially of the Madrid Codex) look remarkably similar to characters in Matt Groening’s “Life in Hell.”

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Mayan Scribe

 

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Mayan scribe with glyphs and conch shell inkpot, illustrating an amate bark paper codex.  I’ve long been fascinated by Classical Mayan art. I love the line work, especially on their ceramics, and find it interesting that a lot of the way they drew seems similar to the way cartoonists depict things today, such as hands and feets with three fingers and toes, which often  looks better than drawing all the digits.

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