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Yaxchilan: Lintel 17
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LOCATION  From the right-hand (northwest) doorway of the central chamber of Structure 21, from which it was removed to the British Museum in 1883 at Maudslay's instance (see comments supra on Lintel 15).

CONDITION Sculptured area sawn from body of the lintel. The surface is somewhat weathered.

MATERIAL  Fine yellowish limestone.

SHAPE  The carved surface is slightly concave; the edges are parallel.

DIMENSIONS
MW
HSc
WSc
MTh
Rel
0.74 m
0.64 m
0.60 m
0.05 m (swan)
1.0 cm

CARVED AREAS  Underside only.

PHOTOGRAPH  Graham, 1975.

DRAWING  Graham, based on drawing corrected by artificial light.

 

 

INSCRIPTIONS

DATES

No date recorded.   Based on the possible birth verb (at A3), Tate (1992:198) suggests the same date as Lintel 13.   Yet the required elements for Shield Jaguar IV's name phrase are not present, and it is unlikely to be a duplicate reference to his birth.

DESCRIPTION

This lintel depicts Bird Jaguar IV and Lady Mut Bahlam of Hiix Witz (El Pajaral, Guatemala), one of his wives or consorts.   She draws blood from her tongue with a thorn-studded rope, as he incises his genitals with a sharpened bone.   The text suggests a penitential rite in celebration of a birth, but the absence of a date and the eroded condition of the initial passages makes the reference vague at best.

TRANSCRIPTION, TRANSLITERATION AND TRANSLATION

First passage (A1-B5 and C1-C3):

U-BAAH[AAN?]-li? ti-*MAY-ji ti-?-chi u- ?-? SIH?-ya-ja TE' ?- le ?-? SAK?-ba- ?- ja ?-?-? 3- WINIKHAAB-AJAW ya- ?- BAHLAM a- 20- BAAK K'UH- ?- AJAW K'UH- [ PA' ] CHAN-AJAW

U-baah-il-aan? ti-mayij? ti-?, u-? sihyaj? te'el?-? sak?-ba...j ? uhx-winikhaab-ajaw ?-bahlam aj-winik-baak, k'uhul-?-ajaw, k'uhul-pa'chan-ajaw.

"He is the likeness of ? sihyaj te'el sak-ba...j ? in the act of sacrifice, in the act of ?, the 3 k'atun lord, Bird Jaguar IV, he of 20 captives, holy lord of ?, holy lord of pa'chan."

Second passage (D1-K1):

U-BAAH[*AAN]-li 12- IX?-AJAW IX-MUT-tu BAHLAM IX-HIX wi-tzi-AJAW IX ba-ka-ba

U-baahil-aan lajchan-ix-ajaw ix-mut-bahlam, ix-hixwitz-ajaw, ix-baahkab.

"She is the likeness of the goddess Lajchan Ix Ajaw, Lady Mut Bahlam, Lady of Hixwitz, Lady Baahkab."

 
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