National Geographic : 1935 Nov
© National Geographic Society Painting by H.M.Herget PRISONERS OF WAR, BOUND WITH ROPE, SQUAT BEFORE A MAYA CHIEFTAIN TO LEARN THEIR FATE Cord fetters and lack of headdress attest their degradation. Empty earholes, cicatrized or scarred faces, and strange coiffures setthem apart from haughty guards. The higher seated figure, better attired and not bound, is probably the chief of the captured group. The man resting ontheblock is a ruler of Piedras Negras, or possibly the war chief. Because the Mayas were a peaceful people, such martial scenes areseldom unearthed.