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Yaxchilan: Lintel 13
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LOCATION  When found by Maudslay this lintel had already fallen to the ground from the central doorway of Structure 20.

CONDITION Unbroken, and moderately eroded at the time of discovery. Since then further slight erosion may have occurred, to judge by Morley's photograph taken in 1931.

MATERIAL  Limestone of good quality.

SHAPE  The sculptured surface is flat; the edges are irregular and unsymmetrical.

DIMENSIONS
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HSc
WSc
MTh
Rel
0.99 m
0.75 m
0.88 m
0.33 m
1.1 cm

CARVED AREAS  Underside only.

PHOTOGRAPH  Graham, 1974.

DRAWING  Von Euw, based on plaster casts made by Maudslay and Graham.

 

 

INSCRIPTIONS

DATES

9.16.0.14.5 1 Chikchan 13 Pop (13 February, 752)

DESCRIPTION

This lintel depicts Bird Jaguar IV and his wife or consort Lady Chak Chami wielding hafted bloodletters and other bloodletting paraphernalia.   A large serpent disgorges the probable form of their child, the future Shield Jaguar IV (the figure's headdress touches a reference to Shield Jaguar IV's birth in the main text, at A3).   The scene is probably a metaphorical one, though many key textual passages remain eroded and obscure.

TRANSCRIPTION, TRANSLITERATION AND TRANSLATION

First passage (A1-B1):

1- CHIKCHAN ? 13- *KAN-*JAL-wa SIH?-ya-ja che-le-TE' CHAN-na-K'INICH

Juun-chikchan? uhxlajuun-k'anjalaw? sihyaj chelte' chan k'inich

"On 1 Chikchan(?) 13 Pop, Chelte' Chan K'inich is born"

Second passage (C1-D5):

U-BAAH?[AAN?]-hi? tu- ?-? ?- IX-K'UH IXIK CHAK-CHAM?-mi IX-sa-ja-la 3- WINIKHAAB IX- ? AJ?- ?- na AJ- 13- BAAK? ?-? ?- se?- ?-?

U-baahil-aan tu-... ?-ixik-k'uh ix-chak-chami ix-sajal uhx-winikhaab-ix-? aj-? aj-uhxlajuun-baak? ? ?

"She is the likeness of the goddess ?, the holy lady, Lady Chak Chami, lady sajal, the three katun lady ?, she of ?, she of 13 captives?, ...

Third passage (E1-F5):

U-BAAH[*AAN]-hi 1-?- CHAN? ya- ?- BAHLAM a- 20- BAAK U-cha-CHAN *AJ-u-ku 3- WINIKHAAB?-AJAW? K'UH?- ?- AJAW ba-ka-ba

U-baahil-aan juun-?-chan? ?-bahlam, aj-winik-baak, u-chan aj-uk, uhx-winikhaab-ajaw? k'uhul-?-ajaw, baahkab.

"He is the likeness of the waterlily serpent, Bird Jaguar IV, he of twenty captives, master of Aj Uk, 3 katun lord, holy lord of pa'chan, baahkab."

 
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