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Peter Mathews
K'inich Janab' Pakal I    Palenque's greatest king (born AD 603, ruled AD 615-683)PAL 011
List of Monuments Commissioned:
K'inich Janab' Pakal I commissioned numerous monuments. In the Palace he was responsible for the Oval Palace Tablet (and probably the original throne seat below it, now missing) in House E, as well as modeled and painted stucco sculptures in Houses E, B, C, and (probably) A. In the Northeast Court he composed his greatest sculptural program of the Palace, through the stone sculptures of captives that adorn the foundations of Houses A and C and the Hieroglyphic Stairway of House C. Additional sculptures of K'inich Janab' Pakal in the Palace are the "Tableritos" and two throne seats in the Subterranean passages and chambers.

Palenque temples containing sculptures commissioned by K'inich Janab' Pakal I are the Temple of the Count and the Templo Olvidado. His crowning achievement was the Temple of the Inscriptions, in which he commissioned the alfardas, stucco pier sculptures, and Tablets of the Inscriptions in the temple above, and the Sarcophagus and stucco figures in his tomb. Most of these sculptures were probably completed by his son and heir, K'inich Kan B'alam II, after his death.

In addition to these monuments, K'inich Janab' Pakal I commissioned or authorized several others. One is a curious stone tablet that was broken up in ancient times (only three blocks have survived). The others are monuments and objects that were carved outside Palenque, presumably with K'inich Janab' Pakal I's blessing: a tablet or tablets from Miraflores, an incised shell reportedly from Simojovel, and the 'Pasadena tracing'.

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