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Yaxchilan: Lintel 16
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LOCATION  From the central doorway of Structure 21, from which it was removed to London in 1883 at Maudslay's instance (see comments supra on Lintel 15). It is now in the British Museum.

CONDITION Sculptured area sawn from body of the lintel. Surface is in pristine state; there is no trace of paint.

MATERIAL  Fine yellowish limestone.

SHAPE  The carved surface is flat; the edges are parallel.

DIMENSIONS
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0.75 m
0.70 m
0.60 m
0.006 m (swan)
0.7 cm

CARVED AREAS  Underside only.

PHOTOGRAPH  Graham, 1975.

DRAWING  Graham, based on drawing of the original.

 

 

INSCRIPTIONS

DATES

9.16.0.13.17 6 Kaban 5 Pop (5 February, 752)

DESCRIPTION

This lintel depicts Bird Jaguar IV, shield and spear in hand, receiving a bruised and battered captive taken in warfare.   The text indicates that the captive was a prominent sublord ( sajal ) of Pay Lakam Chahk, the king of Santa Elena, a small site on the Río San Pedro Martir.

TRANSCRIPTION, TRANSLITERATION AND TRANSLATION

First passage (A1-B3, C1-E1 and F1-F5):

6- KAB 5- K'AN[JAL]-wa chu-ka-YAX-CHAB?-TOK' AJ-wa-k'a[bi]-U-sa[ja]-la pa-ya LAKAM-CHAHK wa-k'a-be?-AJAW ye-He?-TE' 3- WINIKHAAB-AJAW ya- ?- BAHLAM-ma AJ- 20- BAAK K'UH- [ PA' ] CHAN-na-AJAW

Wak-kab ho'-k'anjalaw, chuhkaj yaxchabtok' aj-wak'aab. U-sajal paylakamchahk wak'aab-ajaw. Y-eHte' uhx-winikhaab-ajaw ?-bahlam, aj-winik-baak, k'uhul-pa'chan-ajaw.

"On 6 Kaban 5 Pop, Yax Chab Tok' of wak'aab is captured.   He is the sajal of Pay Lakam Chahk, the lord of Wak'aab.   He is the property of the 3 k'atun lord, Bird Jaguar IV, he of 20 captives, holy lord of pa'chan."

 
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