Photographer's Note

The Lady Wak Tuun has shed a lot of blood in a bloodletting ceremony that possibly occurred in 755 CE. She was one of the wives of Yaxchilan's ruler, Yaaxun B'ahlam IV (Bird Jaguar). In her hands, there is a basket containing a stingray spine, rope, and pieces of bark paper, wet with her blood. Another container of bloodied papers at her feet has been set afire - an offering to the ancestors. Out of the smoke appears a vision serpent from whose maw emerges a human head that converses with Lady Wak Tuun.

Photographed at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Québec,

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 915] (1950)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-08-15
  • Categories: Artwork
  • Exposure: f/3.1, 1/8 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-03-27 3:39
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