Chak Tok Ich'aak I

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Chak Tok Ich'aak I
Monuments Stela 39, Stela 31, his palace
Residence Tikal
Other names Great Paw, Great Jaguar Paw, Jaguar Paw III, Toh Chak Ich'ak
Title King of Tikal
Predecessor K'inich Muwaan Jol
Successor Yax Nuun Ayiin I
Religion Maya religion
Stela 26 at Tikal names Chak Tok Ich'aak I

Chak Tok Ich'aak I (died 16 January 378),[1] also known as Great Paw, Great Jaguar Paw, Jaguar Paw III, and Toh Chak Ich'ak, was an early Maya king of Mutal (now known as Tikal).[1] He is one of Tikal's best known kings, with his name recorded on a number of ceramic pieces and a stela, with the possibility of a second stela also being attributed to him.[1]

Stela 39 was produced to commemorate the K'atun ending in 376 CE; it depicts the king standing upon a bound captive.[1] His palace, unusually, was never built over by later rulers, and was kept in repair for centuries as an apparent revered monument. Stela 31 from Tikal records that he died on the same day that Siyah K'ak' captured Tikal, probably killed by the Teotihuacano conquerors.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Martin & Grube 2000, p.28.
  2. ^ Martin & Grube 2000, p.39.


Martin, Simon; and Nikolai Grube (2000). Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya. London and New York: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-500-05103-8. OCLC 47358325.