To the left sits Lady Muut B'ahlam, wife of the ruler Yaaxun B'ahlam IV (Bird Jaguar), ruled 752 - 768 CE. They are both engaged in a bloodletting ritual. Royalty, demonstrating leadership by example, often engaged in offering their own blood, along with that of animals and captives, to the gods. She continues to draw blood by drawing a rope pierced with thorns through her tongue. He, on the other hand, is preparing to pierce the foreskins of his penis with a sharpened bone. (Limestone panel)
Photographed at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Québec.
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