The central image on the west side of the sarcophagus of King Pakal II (the Great) is of his great grandmother, the Lady Kanal-Ikal. She was the daughter of Chan Bahlum I, born about the year 544 CE, died November 7, 604. She acceded to the throne of Palenque December 23, 583, thereby ruling for 20 years. She, along with both Pakal's mother and father, appear twice on the sarcophagus. As with all of the images, Pakal had them presented as rising up from the earth with a fruit tree to create an orchard of dead ancestors. On the panel's left, I was not concerned about the image of the male ruler at the time, so it is cut off, but it is that of King Pakal I.
It is evident from this lineup of rulers on a sarcophagus intended to be buried for all time deep within a temple, that there was considerable concern about dynastic succession at Palenque.
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