Mayan traditions involved the combination of heavy face and body paint, along with drumming music and dancing. The Mayans would dance for all occasions, from celebration to ritual. Mayans also possessed high intellectual skills and a complex culture
Iranian battle-mask, from the Safavid Dynasty c.) (Shahada inscribed on the top) (Scanned by me. Don’t remember the source.) I always thought this mask would make for some rather epic inspiration for a Middle-Eastern cyber-/steam-punk thing.
GOD SHAMASH The Sun God Shamash rising between Mashu's Twin Peaks.To the Sumerians, Mashu was a sacred mountain. Its name means "twin" in Akkadian, and thus was it portrayed on Babylonian cylinder seals - a twin-peaked mountain, described by poets as both the seat of the gods, and the under-world. The painting is borrowed from a cylinder seal. Background is decorated with cuneiform writing.