This panel portrays Chakituun, who lived a long and stable life (649–732 ce). The ruler of a secondary city, he cultivated important political and ceremonial ties with the rulers of Piedras Negras. The inscriptions record an event in 690 ce, when he danced in the company of that city’s Ruler 3. Seven years later, he took office under the authority of the same ruler. His successor acceded to the throne under the watchful eye of Chakituun himself, and Piedras Negras’s Ruler 4. Upon Chakituun’s death, a foreign lord, perhaps from Piedras Negras, lent a sculptor to carve this panel for his funerary temple. In life and in death, this vassal king’s fortunes appear to have been dictated by his overlords at Piedras Negras.
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