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Yaxchilan lintel 15Maya, Late Classic period (AD 600-900)From Yaxchilán, Mexico. A serpent apparition from a Maya temple. limestone lintel, one of a series of three panels commissioned by Bird Jaguar IV for Structure 21 at Yaxchilán and was once set above the left (south-east) doorway of the central chamber. The lintel shows one of Bird Jaguar's wives, Lady Wak Tuun, during a bloodletting rite. She is carrying a basket with the paraphernalia used for auto-sacrifice: a stingray spine, a rope and bloodied paper. The Vision Serpent appears before her, springing from a bowl, which also contains strips of bark-paper.

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Yaxchilan lintel 15Maya, Late Classic period (AD 600-900)From Yaxchilán, Mexico. A serpent apparition from a Maya temple. limestone lintel, one of a series of three panels commissioned by Bird Jaguar IV for Structure 21 at Yaxchilán and was once set above the left (south-east) doorway of the central chamber. The lintel shows one of Bird Jaguar's wives, Lady Wak Tuun, during a bloodletting rite. She is carrying a basket with the paraphernalia used for auto-sacrifice: a stingray spine, a rope and bloodied paper. The Vision Serpent appears before her, springing from a bowl, which also contains strips of bark-paper.