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Tablet of the Palace
This handmade bark painting depicts a "full figure" glyph carved on the Tablet of the Palace. The figure on the left is the god of the number eleven, while the modling on the right represents the Mayan god Ahau. The combination of the two therefore reads 11 Ahau. Each day was a separate deity, since each date consisted of a number and a name. Originally from the Palenque Museum in Chiapas.
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Amate paper, once used in ancient times for communication with spiritual guides, is made with up to four separate varieties of tree bark. The tree bark is first cooked in boiling water for 3 or 4 hours. Then the bark fiber is washed and placed on a table. After washing, a stone called a Metlatl is used to smash the bark so it can be extended and formed to the desired thickness and measurements. Then the tree bark fiber is left to dry in the sun for 5 hours. These steps are a technique originally created by the Healers of Northern Sierra of Puebla, and dates back more than 200 years.
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