B'alam Nehn

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B'alam Nehn
Ruler of copan
Reign 504–544
Predecessor Ruler 5
Successor Wil Ohl K'inich
Born 5th century
Died 544

B'alam Nahn was the seventh ruler of Copan after the reformation initiated by K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo'. His nicknames were Jaguar Mirror and Waterlily-Jaguar. B'alam Nehn (often referred to as Waterlily Jaguar) was the first king to actually record his position in the dynastic succession, declaring that he was seventh in line from K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo'. Stela 15 records that he was already ruling Copán by AD 504. B'alam Nehn is the only king of Copán to be mentioned in a hieroglyphic text from outside of the southeastern Maya region. His name appears in a text on Stela 16 from Caracol, a site in Belize. The stela dates to AD 534 but the text is not well understood. B'alam Nehn undertook major construction projects in the Acropolis, building over an early palace with a number of important structures.[1]


  1. ^ Martin & Grube 2000, p.197.


Martin, Simon; 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.