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Yaxchilan: Lintel 15
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LOCATION  From the left (southeast) doorway of the central chamber of Structure 21. Maudslay describes the three sculptured lintels of this building as "almost com-pletely buried" at the time of his first visit in 1882. The following year he sent his Guatemalan assistant to dig them out; they are now in the British Museum. It is not clear whether some or all of them had until then been in situ, as Maler believed.

CONDITION Sculptured area sawn from the body of the lintel. There is one clean break across the panel; otherwise the surface is in almost pristine state. Traces of red paint remain on background areas.

MATERIAL  Fine yellowish limestone.

SHAPE  The carved surface is flat; the sides are parallel. The upper and lower margins are inclined in contrary senses.

DIMENSIONS
MW
HSc
WSc
MTh
Rel
0.83 m
0.67 m
0.80 m
0.08 m
1.0 cm

CARVED AREAS  Underside only.

PHOTOGRAPH  Graham, 1975.

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

 

 

INSCRIPTIONS

DATES

9.16.3.16.19 4 *Kawak 12 Sip (24 March, 755), or

9.16.17.2.4 4 *K'an 12 Sip (20 March, 768)

DESCRIPTION

This lintel depicts Lady Wak Tuun of the Ik' polity, a wife or consort of Bird Jaguar IV.   She holds bloodletting paraphernalia, and communes with a spirit called up from the otherworld.   According to the text, this entity is an aspect of the waterlily serpent, itself the nagual of the lightning deity, K'awiil.

The date is uncertain due to erosion of the day name.   Yet the earlier placement seems most likely given the dates and events of lintel 16 (see Tate 1992:198-199).

TRANSCRIPTION, TRANSLITERATION AND TRANSLATION

Main passage (A1-B2 and E1-G3):

4- *CHAJUK ? 12- CHAK-AT TZAK-ja YAX-CHIT? NAAH-KAAN U-WAY-ya K'AWIIL-la i-TZAK YAX-tz'a[ ? ]-wa ?- na ?- KAB?- ?- ji

Chan-chajuk? lajchan-chakat, tzahkaj yaxchitnaahkaan? U-way k'awiil. I-tzahk yax-tz'aC-aw ? ? ?

"On 4 Kawak 12 Sip, the Waterlily Serpent is conjured.   He is the nagual of K'awiil.   Then, she conjures? for the first time at ?"

Second passage (C1-C4):

U-BAAH-li ?- la-IXIK-K'UH IX- 6- TUUN-ni IX-IK'-AJAW IX ba-ka-ba

U-baah-il ?-ixik-k'uh ix-wak-tuun ix-ik'-ajaw ix-baahkab.

"It is the the image of the ? holy woman, Lady Six Stone, Lady of the Ik' polity, Lady Baahkab."

 
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