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The seventh ruler of Palenque was forty-seven years old when he came to the throne, on April 8, 572 (  10 Eb 0 Wo). This was almost two full years after the previous ruler, his brother Ahkal Mo' Nahb' I, died. The name glyph of Kan B'ahlam combines elements of a snake and a jaguar. In the drawing above, the curving vertical lines coming up from the bottom of the head represent the belly scales of a snake, while the tongue and eye are those of a snake as well.