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For the purposes of this project, we are defining portraits in a broad sense.  Within common parlance, art historians often consider portraits to be images of individual people, rendered with recognizable physical features, oftentimes used to make rhetorical statements about their identities.  Some images of people on this site are named in hieroglyphs, and the identities of others may be inferred through careful study of facial features and contexts of presentation.  Some images are of people that may be in the guises of deities or ancestors, and other images of people may be more visually generalized.   Although not all of these people have been identified, we hope that presenting a wide range of examples will encourage a better understanding of Maya individuals.  Below are slideshows of select images of rulers and captives, details of identifying physical features, and other images useful for the analysis of portraiture.