Thursday, January 17, 2008

Mayan captive


While I'm working on Rusi, another world entered my mind.
I'm thinking what is art history?    This is graffiti I captured 
on film back in 1978.   This graffiti most likely predates the 
               Conquest.  In '78 Tikal was quite difficult to get to.  
Tikal became a tourist destination, before the major 
preservation started. I believe the figure in the center 
is a captive, and in fact the figure to the right also may be.  In 2001, during 
my last trip to Tikal, this image was no longer visible, due to more 
modern graffiti obliterating it.  Art History is only the history
that survives.  

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