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Knot Ajaw

?-?-HU:N?. Drawing and transcription after Martin and Grube (2000).

Maya ruler of Caracol; also known as Ruler IV, Ahau Serpent and Flaming Ahau. Reigned AD 599-613>.

Born:, 2 Ak'bal 16 Mak (November 28, 575).

Acceded:, 5 Eb 5 Xul (June 24, 599).

Father: Yajaw Te' K'inich II. Mother: Lady 1. Brother: K'an II.

Monuments: Stelae 5, 6, and 7?; Altars 11? and 15.

Knot Ajaw may have co-ruled during the last years of his father, Yajaw Te' K'inich II, as an inscription juxtaposes his accession with a reference to the royal headband and the words "to his child"; Stela 6 portrays the two of them (Martin and Grube 2000:90).

Stela 6 also accords a full emblem glyph to a lord named Chekaj K'inich, who is referred to as a "younger brother", presumably of Yajaw Te' K'inich; this suggests that he may have acted as a sort of "guardian uncle" to Knot Ajaw (ibid.:90).

The foregoing is based on Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens by Simon Martin and Nikolai Grube (2000:90-91).