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Yaxchilan: Lintel 18
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LOCATION  Found by Maler lying behind, perhaps near the south corner of, Structure 22, a building which faces northeast. Maler supposed that it had spanned a rear doorway, whereas Morley assigns it to a doorway in the southeast end of the building. The lintel was removed in 1964 to the Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City.

CONDITION Intact and well preserved; the stone is pitted, but practically no element of the inscription has been lost.

MATERIAL  Fine-grained limestone.

SHAPE  A beautifully prepared shaft with parallel sides and rectangular cross sec-tions.

DIMENSIONS
MW
HSc
WSc
MTh
Rel
0.65 m
0.65 m
0.49 m
0.22 m
0.1 cm (approx.)

CARVED AREAS  Underside only, with an incised inscription.

PHOTOGRAPH  Graham, 1974.

DRAWING  Graham, based on a drawing corrected by artificial light.

 

 

INSCRIPTIONS

DATES

While it does not contain a date, and was apparently reset in Structure 22 by the Late Classic king Bird Jaguar IV (Proskouriakoff 1964: 182), it can be palaeographically dated to the late 5th or early 6th-century.

DESCRIPTION

This lintel is all-glyphic, containing 20 glyph blocks.   Unfortunately, there are clear signs that the lintel was once part of a much longer narrative including the fragmentary Lintel 19 and perhaps other lintels, now lost.   This, coupled with the difficult early text, make the narrative substantially less clear than one would like.   At present, all that can be said with confidence is that the first half of the lintel seems to provide a list of youthful lords who stand in some unclear relationship of subordination with a higher-ranking lord named towards the end of the text.

TRANSCRIPTION, TRANSLITERATION AND TRANSLATION

po?-o?-ta i-ni-cha? mu-xi? ch'o-ko mu-JOL? ch'o-ko ya- ?- ni ch'o-ko ?-? ba-TUUN AJ-YOP?-TE' AJ?-K'AN-JU'?-TE' o-to-yi-HIX CHAK-TOK?-MO'-ba-BAJ ya-na-tzi? IX-MO' CHAK-su-tz'i AJ-tz'i-ba bu-yu chu[ku?]-TE'

Po'ot? iniich? muux? ch'ok, mum? jol? ch'ok, ya...n ch'ok, ?-? b'aahtuun? aj-yopte' aj?-k'anju'te'?, otooy-hix chak-tok-mo'-baj. Y-anVtz? ix-mo' chak-suutz' aj-tz'ihb buy? kuchte'?

A translation is inadvisable at this time.

 
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