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Yaxchilan: Lintel 14
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LOCATION  In situ over the right-hand (northwest) doorway of Structure 20, set with the top of the sculpture oriented toward the southeast.

CONDITION In pristine state.

MATERIAL  Fine yellowish limestone.

SHAPE  The carved surface is flat; the edges are parallel. The border of the sculptured area is by no means rectangular, although the slanting upper and curved lower margins conform well to the masonry jambs upon which the lintel rests.

DIMENSIONS
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MTh
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0.91 m
0.78 m
0.80 m
0.32 m
1.9 cm

CARVED AREAS  Underside only.

PHOTOGRAPH  Graham, 1974.

DRAWING  Graham, based on plaster cast by von Euw.

 

 

INSCRIPTIONS

DATES

9.15.10.0.1 4 Imix 4 Mol (27 Jun, 741)

DESCRIPTION

This lintel depicts Lady Chak Chami and her brother, the sajal Chak Chami, wielding hafted bloodletters and other bloodletting paraphernalia.   As on Lintel 13, a large serpent disgorges the probable form of her child, the future Shield Jaguar IV.   Though he is not mentioned by name in this text, both of the principal figures relate themselves to him.

The main text refers to the conjuring of the serpent (named the Chanal Chak Bay Kaan, or "towering red thorn snake"), which is related directly to Lady Chak Chami through an unclear derivation of the root way "to dream".

TRANSCRIPTION, TRANSLITERATION AND TRANSLATION

First passage (D1-F4):

4- IMIX? 4- mo-lo TZAK-ja K'AWIIL KAB?-MUWAAN [CHAN]NAL-la CHAK-ba-ya-ka-KAAN. U-WAY-ja-la-ya (or WAY-la-ja-ya ) ?- IXIK-K'UH IXIK-CHAK-CHAM IX-sa-ja ya- ?- AJAW

Chan-imix chan-mol tzahkaj k'awiil, kab?-muwaan chanal-chak-bay-kaan. U-wayjalay (or u-waylajay) ?-ixik-k'uh, ixik-chak-chami, ix-sajal, y-...-ajaw.

"On 4 Imix 4 Mol, K'awiil Kab?-Muwaan Chanalchakbaykaan is conjured. He/it is the the wayjalay (or waylajay) of the holy woman, Lady Chak Chami, lady sajal, the mother of the king."

Second passage (A1-C1):

U-BAAH[AAN]-hi-li K'UH?-IX- ?- AJAW IX-YAX-ja-la

U-baahil-aan k'uhul-ix-?-ajaw ix-yax-j-al

"She is the likeness of the holy lady of ?, of Lady Yaxjal."

Third passage (G1-G5):

U-BAAH[AAN]-li YAX-CHIT- ? AJ-tu?-ba-ye-ta CHAK-CHAM-sa-ja-la *yi-CHAN-AJAW

U-baahil-aan yax-chit-? aj-? chak-chami sajal u-chan? ajaw.

"He is the likeness of the waterlily serpent, he of ?, Chak Chami, the sajal, the guardian? of the king."

er of Aj Uk, 3 katun lord, holy lord of pa'chan, baahkab."

 
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