Tablet of the Palace

Tablet of the Palace
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Item Number: BRKA03
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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Tablet of the Palace
Tablet of the Palace
16"W x 12 1/2"H
Item #: BRKA03
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Reg $24.95
Sale $22.46
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The technique of making traditional bark paper has a 200 year-old history in southern Mexico. Today, the rustic homemade paper is still made in small villages along the Sierra de Puebla using a variety of different tree barks. The process begins by boiling the tree bark mixture for 3-4 hours in salted water. Afterwards, the softened bark is rinsed and placed on a sturdy (typically stone) working surface. A large stone tool called a Metlatl is then used to smash, intertwine and extend the fibers to the desired thickness and measurements. The final step is leaving the flattened fiber sheets in the sun to thoroughly dry.
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  • Due to the hand-painted nature of the product, colors and design may vary slightly.