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Yaxchilan: Lintel 24
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LOCATION  From the left (southeast) doorway of Structure 23. Notations by Maudslay on a manuscript and hand-colored draft of his published plan of the ruins, preserved in the Department of Ethnography, British Museum, dispose of Morley's doubts about the relative positions of Lintels 24 and 25. This lintel was brought to England by Maudslay in 1882, and reposes in the British Museum.

CONDITION The lintel has been trimmed down on all four sides of the carved area on the underside. The surface of this is in pristine state, with blue paint showing on the background in several places. The inscription on the front is destroyed. Maudslay's entry in his journal (British Museum, Dept. of Ethnography) for March 19, 1882, makes it clear that he was not to blame for this: "In afternoon found the fallen carved lintel on which Rockstroh had broken his axes set men to work to shave it down."

MATERIAL  Fine yellowish limestone.

SHAPE  The carved surface is somewhat convex.

DIMENSIONS
MW
HSc
WSc
MTh
Rel
unknown
1.04 m
0.74 m
unknown
4.5 cm

CARVED AREAS  Underside and front.

PHOTOGRAPH  Graham, 1976.

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

 

 

INSCRIPTIONS

DATES

9.13.17.15.12 5 Eb 15 Mak (24 October, 709)

DESCRIPTION

The lintel depicts Shield Jaguar III holding a large, flaming torch over his wife or consort, Lady K'abal Xook, who draws a thorn-studded rope through her tongue.   The text explains both of these events as penitential sacrifice.

TRANSCRIPTION, TRANSLITERATION AND TRANSLATION

First passage (A1-F3):

ti- 5- EB 15- ma-MAK-U-BAAH-hi ti-CH'AJB-li ti-K'AHK'-la-ju-lu U-CH'AJB- 4- WINIKHAAB-AJAW ?- BAHLAM-U-cha-CHAN-nu a- ?- ki K'UH- [ PA' ] CHAN-AJAW-wa

Ti ho'-eb ho'lajuun-mak, u-baah ti-ch'ajb-il ti-k'ahk'al-jul. U ch'ajb chan-winikhaab-ajaw ?-bahlam, u-chan aj-?, k'uhul-pa'chan-ajaw.

"On 5 Eb 15 Mak it is his image in penance with the fiery spear.   It is the penance of the four k'atun lord, Shield Jaguar III, captor of Aj-?, holy lord of pa'chan."

Second passage (G1-G4):

U-BAAH-ti-CH'AJB-li IX-AK'IN?-na-XOOK?-ki IX-k'a[ba]-la-XOOK?-ki IX-KAL-TE'

U-baah ti-ch'ajb-il ix-ak'in?-xook, ix-k'abal-xook, ix-kaloomte'

"It is her image in penance, Lady Ak'in? Xook, Lady K'abal Xook, Lady Kaloomte'."

Third passage (H1-H4):

T'AB?-yi yu-lu- ? MO'-CHAHK-ki? a- ?- la

T'abayi? y-uluC mo'chahk ?

"Is elevated? the carving? of Mo' Chahk."

 
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