The Late Classic Maya relief, Lintel 24 from Yaxchilan and its partner, Lintel 25 (image 162, page 181 of your textbook) depict a narrative of an elite woman, Lady Xoc, pulling a thick rope fitted with spiny thorns through her own tongue. How do you, gentle viewer, respond to this work?
Given the reading by Elkins (1994) on The Question of the Body in Mesoamerican Art as well as your own skills in formal analysis, phenomenological interpretations, and knowledge of the broader context of Mesoamerican bloodletting, do you believe this work was actually created to connote pain (or whatever else your initial reaction may have been)? How might Mayans have ‘read’ this work?
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