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Schele Number: 174
Description: Composite of panel and sanctuary jambs from the Temple of the Cross (not including side text panels). On west (left) sanctuary jamb is K'inich Kan B'alam II; on east (right) sanctuary jamb is God L. Central panel, located within the sanctuary, shows two individuals standing on a skyband. At right, K'inich Kan B'alam II, named by the accession text directly in front of him, holds a small Quadripartite Badge. The larger individual, left, holds a K'awiil figurine. At center, a World Tree rises from a Quadripartite Badge. The Celestial Bird, Itzam-Ye, perches atop the World Tree while a double-headed serpent curls through the arms of the tree.
Current Location: Palenque, Temple of the Cross
Architectural Feature: Panel, Tablet
Chronological Era: Late Classic
Notes: Left=CR of 8 Oc 3 Kayab is the date of his accession. Right=CR of 9 Akbal 6 Xul is the heir designation date of K'an B'alam II. For full text see SD189 and SD190.
Iconographic Features: Accession; Celestial Bird, Itzam-Ye; God GII, God K, K'awiil; Quadripartite Badge; Skyband
Publications: L. Schele, "Accession Iconography of Chan-Bahlum in the Group of the Cross at Palenque." In Art, Iconography & Dynastic History of Palenque, Part III, Proceedings of Segunda Mesa Redonda de Palenque; 1976:Fig. 6 L. Schele and D. Freidel, A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya 1990:240-241, Fig. 6:12 M. Cohodas, "Iconography of the Panels of the Sun, Cross, and the Foliated Cross at Palenque: Part III." In Art, Iconography & Dynastic History of Palenque, Part III, Proceedings of Segunda Mesa Redonda de Palenque; 1976:163, Fig. 4 E.P. Benson, "Ritual Cloth and Palenque Kings." In Art, Iconography & Dynastic History of Palenque, Part III, Proceedings of Segunda Mesa Redonda de Palenque; 1976:45-58, Fig. 2 D. Freidel, L. Schele, J. Parker, Maya Cosmos: Three Thousand Years on the Shaman's Path, 1993:74-75