Chak Tok Ich'aak I

Chak Tok Ich'aak I
Ajaw of Tikal
14th in the line

Stela 26 at Tikal bears the name Chak Tok Ich'aak, although it is unclear if it is referring to Chak Tok Ich'aak I or Chak Tok Ich'aak II.[1]
Reign 360?-378
Predecessor K'inich Muwaan Jol
Successor Yax Nuun Ahiin I
Died January 15, 378
Father K'inich Muwaan Jol
Mother Lady Bahlam Way
Religion Maya religion

Chak Tok Ich'aak I[N 1] also known as Great Paw, Great Jaguar Paw, and Toh Chak Ich'ak (died January 15, 378) was an ajaw of the Maya city of Tikal. He took the throne on August 7, 360? and reigning until his death.[N 2][2]

He is one of Tikal's best known kings, with his name recorded on a number of ceramic pieces and stelae. Stela 39 was produced to commemorate the K'atun ending in 376. It depicts the king standing upon a bound captive. His palace in the Central Acropolis,[3] unusually, was never built over by later rulers, and was kept in repair for centuries as an apparent revered monument.[2]

Stela 31 from Tikal records that he died on the same day that Sihyaj K'ahk' captured Tikal, probably killed by the Teotihuacano conquerors.[4]

Chak Tok Ich'aak I's glyph from Tikal Stela 39


  1. The ruler's name, when transcribed is CHAK-TOK-ICH'A:K, translated "Great Misty? Claw", Martin & Grube 2008, p.28.
  2. These are the dates indicated on the Maya inscriptions in Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, Accession: 11 Ik' 10 Sek and Death: 11 Eb 15 Mak, Martin & Grube 2008, p.28.


  1. Guenter, Stanley Paul (2014). "Dating Stela 26 of Tikal". The PARI Journal. Ancient Cultures Institute. 14 (3): 13–17.
  2. 1 2 Martin & Grube 2008, p.28.
  3. Harrison 2003, p. 178.
  4. Martin & Grube 2008, p.29.


Harrison, Peter D. (2003). "The Central Acropolis of Tikal". In Jeremy A. Sabloff. Tikal: Dynasties, Foreigners, & Affairs of State: Advancing Maya Archaeology. Santa Fe, New Mexico, US and Oxford, UK: School of American Research Press and James Currey. pp. 171–206. ISBN 1-930618-22-0. OCLC 51059120. 
Martin, Simon; Nikolai Grube (2008). Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya (2nd ed.). London and New York: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 9780500287262. OCLC 191753193. 
Regnal titles
Preceded by
K'inich Muwaan Jol
Ajaw of Tikal
Succeeded by
Yax Nuun Ahiin I
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