Sky Xul

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Sky Xul
Quirigua Str. 1B-1.jpg
Quiriguá in Guatemala, city of Sky Xul
Title King of Quiriguá
Predecessor K'ak' Tiliw Chan Yopaat
Successor Jade Sky

Sky Xul was a king (ajaw) of Maya city-state Quiriguá in Guatemala, who ruled 785 – c. 795.[1]


Sky Xul became the reigning lord of Quiriguá 78 days after the death of K'ak' Tiliw Chan Yopaat, who is thought to have been his father.[2]

His reign lasted from 10 to 15 years and was a period of continued activity. In most of the Maya region cities already were suffering terminal decline, engulfed by the Classic Maya collapse, but in Quiriguá Sky Xul dedicated three great zoomorph sculptures and two altars, considered marvels of Maya stoneworking. Sky Xul died some time between 795 and 800.[3]

Jade Sky succeeded Sky Xul and was the last ruler of Quiriguá.


  1. ^ Martin & Grube 2000, p.218.
  2. ^ Sharer & Traxler 2006, p. 494
  3. ^ Martin & Grube 2000, pp. 222–24.


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. 
Sharer, Robert J.; Loa P. Traxler (2006). The Ancient Maya (6th, fully revised ed.). Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-4817-9. OCLC 57577446.