To the left is the Lintel at Chiapas.
To the right is my sculpture.
It gave me an opportunity to talk about an issue related to the war in Iraq for which I found I had deep feelings. In the Lintel, Lady Xoc is presenting her husband Shield Jaguar (the ruler) with armor with which to go into battle. I thought of the families sending body armor to their children fighting in Iraq because our government wasn't providing them with proper equipment. It was difficult for me to imagine the pain that would result from this act of preparing a loved one to go into war and the feelings that would stir in that husband or wife, son or daughter, brother or sister who received that gift.