Bonampak: Structure 1, Room 1 [January 2, 2004]

On the lowest register of Room 1, Maya musicians and regional governors flank the dancers at center. Here the Maya artist attempts to represent aspects of movement and sound otherwise unknown in Maya art. The maracas players move as if in stop motion, their arms changing frame by frame; the drummer's hands were painted with palms turned to the viewer, his fingers clearly in motion. The casual examination reveals only the blur. In this, the painted wall attempts to represent sound itself in the drummer's fluttering hands.

Mary Miller, Maya Art and Architecture

NOTE: Like the infant prince on the upper register, these figures have had their eyes defaced, presumably to nullify the power of the mural.