Image:  2830

File date:  2003-09-15

Caption:  Portrait of a Ruler

Description:  Maya. greenstone. height 20 cm. Excavated, the stela 7 cache, Copan, Honduras. Portrait of a ruler. Published The Blood of Kings plate 35. NMAI-Smithsonian. We now know that what he holds in his arms is a model of a centipede, a symbol of death.

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