As I walked back to the car, after a satisfying lunch at the Hacienda San Pedro Ochil, I spotted this piece of sculpture, a reproduction, displayed outside the artisanal workshop. This is one of the great classic works of Maya art, and the original is to be found in the British Museum, London. It records a private event - a bloodletting - that transpired October 26, 709 CE at Yaxchilan, during the reign of Itzamnay B'alaam II (Shield Jaguar). It is dark, and he is holding a flaming torch. His main wife, Lady Xok, pulls a thorn-studded rope through her tongue. A basket at her feet holds folded books.
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