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And the central seated figure in the stucco relief? In all probability, he was none other than Pakal himself (named here on the Tablet of the 96 Glyphs). As explained by David Stuart (personal communication 2000), adjacent glyphs record words spoken to this great patriarch: "You are satisfied with your succession." Indeed, Pakal had three sons to succeed him and to pass the descent by their blood to the next generation, and one of them had just sired a boy.

(Photo: Mark Van Stone.)