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Yaxchilan: Lintel 22
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LOCATION  Found by Maler in rubble in front of Structure 22. According to Morley, who cites some excavations by Ruppert, the front of this building had five doorways, the three central ones being spanned by carved lintels. Lintel 22 is assigned to the doorway immediately to the right, i.e., northwest, of the central opening.

CONDITION Broken at the top of the sculptured area, with slight loss of glyphic detail. When first discovered, the state of preservation varied from excellent near the top to very poor at bottom right. Further weathering has caused the loss of the red paint noted by Maler and of some fine detail.

MATERIAL  Fine-grained limestone.

SHAPE  Carved area is flat; the edges are slightly bowed, but essentially parallel.

DIMENSIONS
MW
HSc
WSc
MTh
Rel
0.68 m
0.98 m
0.58 m
0.19 m
1.8 cm

CARVED AREAS  Underside only.

PHOTOGRAPH  Graham, 1971.

DRAWING  von Euw, based on a field drawing corrected by artificial light.

 

 

INSCRIPTIONS

DATES

This lintel does not contain a date.   Nevertheless, like lintels 18 and 21, it was apparently reset in Structure 22 by Bird Jaguar IV (Proskouriakoff 1964: 182), and can be palaeographically dated to the late 5th or early 6th-century.

DESCRIPTION

As Tate (1992:202) notes, the glyphic style and monumental form of this lintel suggest that it was the pair of Lintel 20.   Also like that lintel, it is all-glyphic.   The text appears to begin at the outset of a parentage expression, suggesting that it continues from an earlier lintel.   Unfortunately, the loss of the initial part of the text and the substantial erosion, coupled with a dearth of texts of comparable age, make a full understanding difficult to achieve.

Nevertheless, one of the K'inich Tatbu Jol names is conspicuous at B5-A6.   While Martin and Grube (2000:120-1) have taken this as evidence for an attribution to the tenth king, K'inich Tatbu Jol II (Ruler 10), the name seems to be embedded in a parentage phrase, suggesting that the monument may have been commissioned by his son instead.   Another difficulty stems from the repetition of this nominal phrase at Yaxchilan.   In fact, given our lack of knowledge of the wives of any of the Yaxchilan kings of this time period, it seems equally possible that this lintel was commissioned by the seventh ruler, "Moon Skull" (quite possibly although not certainly the son of the eighth ruler, K'inich Tatbu Jol I).

One piece of support for this idea comes from the text of Lintel 21 which, as we have seen, refers back to the dedication of an earlier version of Structure 22 during the late fifth-century reign of "Moon Skull".   It would stand to reason that this reference acknowledges the origination of the early lintels (18, 19, 20 and 22) with "Moon Skull", who would then be the son of the eighth ruler (K'inich Tatbu Jol I) and his wife or consort, Lady G1.

TRANSCRIPTION, TRANSLITERATION AND TRANSLATION

Complete text (A1-D8):

?- la-si U-MIJIIN?-na i-ti pa-ti yi-pi ya-je-la ya-AL-la- ? [ CHAN ?] YOPAAT 7- CHAPAHT-TZIKIN?-K'INICH? K'INICH *ta 2 -* bu-JOL ? U?- ? K'UH-*o-OHL? ?- la-IXIK ? ? IXIK se?- ?- na ?-? 3? ?-? KAB? K'UH?- ? MIJIIN?-na TE'-*ku-*yu XUKUB?- ? [* CHAN ]? mi?-*xi-*NAL ? *PA'-*CHAN-ma *AJAW

? u-mijiin? it-i pat-i yipyajeel y-al-? chan?-yopaat, huk-chapaht-tzikin-k'inich k'inich tatbu jol, u?-? k'uh-ohl? ?-ixik ? ? ixik-? ? uhx-? ? kabal k'uh? mijiin? te'-kuy-xukuub-? chan?-? mixnal? ? pa'chan-ajaw

A translation is inadvisable at this time.

 
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