Wak Chan K'awiil

Wak Chan K'awiil
Ajaw of Tikal
21st in the line

Wak Chan K'awiil's glyph
Reign December 27, 537?–c.562
Predecessor Bird Claw
Successor Animal Skull
Born January 508?
Father Chak Tok Ich'aak II
Mother Lady Hand
Religion Maya religion

Wak Chan K'awiil[N 1] also known as Double Bird, (January 508?–c.562), was an ajaw of the Maya city of Tikal. He took the throne on December 27, 537? and reigning probably until his death.[N 2] He was son of Chak Tok Ich'aak II and Lady Hand. He sponsored accession of Yajaw Te' K'inich II, ruler of Caracol in 553. The monument associated with Wak Chan K'awiil is Stelae 17.[1]


  1. The ruler's name, when transcribed is WAK-CHAN K'AWI:L YAX-E:B-XO:K?[K'INICH AJAW]-wa, Martin & Grube 2008, p.39.
  2. These are the dates indicated on the Maya inscriptions in Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, Accession: 12 Men 18 K'ank'in, Martin & Grube 2008, p.39.


  1. Martin & Grube 2008, p.39.


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
Bird Claw
Ajaw of Tikal
December 27, 537?-c.562
Succeeded by
Animal Skull
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