K'inich Kan B'alam II

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Chan Bahlum II
Ajaw of Palenque
K'inich Kan B'alam II, from the Temple of the Cross, Palenque (illustrated by Frederick Catherwood). The Maya calendar date appearing here is equivalent to January 690.
Reign February 10, 684 – February 20, 702[citation needed]
Predecessor Pacal the Great
Successor K'inich K'an Joy Chitam II
Father Pacal the Great
Born (635-05-23)May 23, 635[citation needed]
Died February 20, 702(702-02-20) (aged 66)[citation needed]

K'inich Kan B'alam II, (Classic Maya: K'ihnich K'an B'ahlam), also (formerly) known as Chan Bahlum II (Serpent Jaguar), (May 23, 635 – February 20, 702)[citation needed] was king of the pre-Columbian Maya polity of Baakal in the Classic period of Mesoamerican chronology, based around the ceremonial center and city now known as the Maya archaeological site of Palenque.[1] Kan B'alam took the throne on January 10, 684[citation needed], several months after the death of his father and predecessor, Pacal the Great.[2] He continued the ambitious project of adorning Palenque with fine art and architecture begun by his father; his most important addition to the city of Palenque was the Temple of the Cross which is the center piece of the Temple of the Cross Complex. He was succeeded by his younger brother, K'inich K'an Joy Chitam II.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Lounsbury 1976, pp. 211-224.
  2. ^ a b Lounsbury 1985, p. 45–58.


Lounsbury, Floyd G. (1976). A Rationale for the Initial Date of the Temple of the Cross at Palenque. In The Art, Iconography, and Dynastic History of Palenque, Part III: Proceedings of the Segunda Mesa Redonda de Palenque, ed. Merle Greene Robertson, 211-224. Pebble Beach, Ca.: Robert Louis Stevenson School. 
Lounsbury, Floyd G. (1985). The Identities of the Mythological Figures in the "Cross Group" of Inscriptions at Palenque. In Fourth Round Table of Palenque, 1980, vol. 6, gen. ed. Merle Greene Robertson; vol. ed., Elizabeth P. Benson, 45-58. San Francisco: Pre-Columbian Art Research Institute.