NOVEMBER 18, 701

REPUTED—MAYAN AJAW (PIEDRO NEGRAS) ITZAM K’AN AHK II BORN

Also known as Ruler 4, he ruled during the Late Classic Period (729–757 AD).  Of the 3 extant references to his birth, none mentions his pedigree or parentage, suggesting that he was not a direct descendant of his predecessor, K’inich Yo’nal Ahk II.  Itzam K’an Ahk II ascended to the throne on November 9, 729 A.D., upon the death of K’inich Yo’nal Ahk II.  Conflict seems to have occurred during his reign, as a pyrite disc found in his tomb depicts the severed head of a leader from Hix Witz.  Itzam K’an Ahk II’s almost thirty-year reign was one marked by “hegemony over neighboring kingdoms.”  The ruler died on November 26, 757 A.D.  He was succeeded by Yo’nal Ahk III on March 10, 758 A.D., who possibly was his son.  In fact, the following 3 kings—Yo’nal Ahk III, Ha’ K’in Xook, and K’inich Yat Ahk II—may all have been his sons.  Itzam K’an Ahk II left behind several monuments, including stelae at Piedras Negras and a large mortuary temple now known as Pyramid O-13.

Source:  “Itzam K'an Ahk II,” PeoplePill.  Retrieved 8/12/2020, https://peoplepill.com/people/piedras-negras-ruler-4/
Glyph:  Mały koleżka, 10/10/2015.  A "signature" glyph of Maya king Itzam K'an Ahk II of Piedras Negras. Vectorized based on a Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya. Rev. ed. Thames and Hudson, London, 2008.  Permissive Use. 

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