Height: 100.000 cm
Width: 65.000 cm
Gift of A.P. Maudslay
Room 27: Mexico
Yaxchilan lintel 35
Maya, Late Classic period (AD 600-800)
From Yaxchilán, Mexico
Glyphs from a Maya temple
This limestone lintel was found by A. P. Maudslay in 1882 among the rubble where it had fallen from Structure 12 at Yaxchilán. Eight lintels were housed in this building. Commissioned around AD 500, they record nine generations of rulers at Yaxchilán and the accession of Mah K'ina Skull II, the tenth king of Yaxchilán. Mah K'ina Skull II commissioned this lintel, Lintel 35, which records a series of captures that he made in the surrounding region, concluding with a triumph over the great northern city of Calakmul, dated to AD 537.
More than two centuries later (around AD 760), Bird Jaguar IV, the main character in Lintels 15, 16 and 17, reset the lintels recording his ancestry in Structure 12.
The last three hieroglyphs tell us that the captives were seen as the 'food' of Yaxchilán's patron deities.
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C. Tate, Yaxchilan: the design of a May (University of Texas Press, 1992)
C. McEwan, Ancient Mexico in the British (London, The British Museum Press, 1994)
S. Martin and N. Grube, Chronicle of the Maya kings an (Thames and Hudson, 2000)