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Thanks for reading the second ever How Baby comic! :D
Art for ladysisyphus' story zero six four eight three are you listening, out now in Shousetsu Bang Bang #47.
Tempera, ink, watercolour, digital collage. Doing these was great fun! ))
Beili really knocked it out of the part here. God bless, I told her I had something weird for this issue, and she ran toward, not away from, it.
The pre-Columbian Maya archaeological site of Ixkun, modern-day department of Peten, Guatemala.
"I reached Dolores in March 1887, after a rough journey through the forest from Cajabon; and although I had been told about Ixkun some years before by the Jefe Politico of Peten, I was surprised to find that very few of the villages knew of the existence of the runs, and it was some time before anyone could be found to guide me to the site."
-Alfred Maudslay, British explorer and archaeologist, and one of the first Europeans to study Maya ruins. All italicized text in this post are segments from his accounts of exploring Ixkun (via ‘Archæology, Volumes 1-2’, Alfred Maudslay & J. T. Goodman, University of Oklahoma Press, 1889).
Human occupation of Ixkun appears to date from the Preclassic (ca. 200 CE), and peaked during the Late Classic (ca. 600-900). This large site includes a number of stelae adorned with writing in the Maya script.
"There are several carved monoliths which formally stood on the level ground in front of the buildings, but most of them are overturned and partly destroyed."
The largest of these stelae is known as ‘Ixtun Stela 1’, as shown in the second and third photos.
“The carving on the monument represents two Maya priests of chieftains, which elaborate head-dresses and ornaments, standing facing each other above a hieroglyphic inscription. […] In the lower panels [see photo 3] are two unadorned crouching human figures, with their necks and arms bound with ropes, evidently meant to represent prisoners trodden under foot by the two gorgeously arrayed figures standing above them. The marked difference in physiognomy between the Mayas and their captives is clearly shown, and this monument may celebrate the conquest of the aboriginal inhabitants of the land or the defeat of some barbarous invaders from the north whom some writers believe to have fully caused the overthrow of the Maya civilization.”
Photos courtesy & taken by Simon Burchell via the Wiki Commons.
This is a commission of two fine looking characters belonging to harag ( http://www.furaffinity.net/user/harag/ ).
The background owes considerably to this picture ( http://www.natgeocreative.com/photography/1223911 )
A slight infatuation with Yosuke’s Golden haircut.
I was watching a video of games someone was looking forward to this year and a lot of comments were like “WHAT ABOUT P5!?” and like… it’s hard to really look forward to a game when all that’s known about it is that it’s about the oppression of chairs and their escape from being sat upon.
Is this fanart? Had to draw a random artist for class, and I got Shakira, which pleased me muchly.
The jade burial objects which adorned the body of Maya ruler Pakal the Great.
The mortuary crypt of the Temple of the Inscriptions at Palenque is perhaps the most complex mausoleum from the Classic period. It was designed to contain the mortal remains of K’inich Hanab Pakal, also known as Pakal the Great. The sarcophagus contained the body wrapped in a funerary bundle covered with cinnabar, a highly toxic, red-colored mineral. His body was adorned with many jade objects that are displayed here on a modern reproduction of Pakal’s body. The mortuary mask, incrusted with more than 200 tiny carved polished and perfectly assembled bits of jade mosaic, is an extraordinary masterpiece.
The proportions of the mask and the skull are the same, so it is clearly a faithful portrait of the ruler in life Pakal wore a diadem on his forehead and ear spools as well as a complex pectoral of tubular and squash-shaped beads. His hands held a sphere and a cube, as well as rings on each of his fingers. All of this finery was fashioned of jade.
The green color of jade suggests a relationship with the agricultural cycle and the annual, renovation of nature. With his jade mask, Pakal was transformed into the Young Maize God, who awaits his opportunity to return as the new vegetation to continue the annual corn cycle. This significance is reinforced by the figurine placed below to the right, which represents the patron god of the month known as Pax, mentioned in the inscriptions as te’, “tree” alluding to Pakal as the seed that augured the illustrious promise of the ruling lineage.
The texts and archaeology suggest that Pakal passed away before the completion of the Temple of the Inscriptions, a task that fell to his eldest son, Kan Balam II. Many late inscriptions refer to Pakal as “the lord of the pyramid”, which implies that the construction of this building was an event of particular significance for Palenque. (x)
Courtesy & currently located at the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico. Photos taken by Travis S.
Elements by Cathrine Langwagen
And don’t forget that signups are still on for Bang*Bang Special Issue #9, our annual f/f issue. This year’s theme is Earth, Wind, and Fire, though you should of course feel free to bring as many elements to the party as you like.