Itzamnaaj Kʼawiil

Itzamnaaj Kʼawiil[pronunciation?] (January 25, 673? – October 22, 726) was a Mayan king of Dos Pilas. He was the third known ruler of that place. He is also known as the Ruler 2 and Shield God K.

Itzamnaaj Kʼawiil
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Itzamnaaj Kʼawiil on stela
King of Dos Pilas
Reign24 March 698 – 22 October 726
PredecessorItzamnaaj Bʼalam
SuccessorUchaʼan Kʼin Bʼalam
Born25 January 673
Dos Pilas
Died22 October 726(726-10-22) (aged 53)
Dos Pilas
IssueKʼawiil Chan Kʼinich
FatherB'alaj Chan K'awiil
MotherLady of Itzan
ReligionMaya religion


He was a son of the king Bʼalaj Chan Kʼawiil and Lady of Itzan.[1] He is recorded as having been born on 25 January 673, although it is possible that this is a scribal error. It could also have been an intentional glossing over of the fact that he was born in exile during the protracted warfare.[2]

He was the brother and successor of Itzamnaaj Bʼalam. He also had a sister, Wak Chanil Ajaw, and was an uncle of Kʼakʼ Tiliw Chan Chaak.

His successor was Uchaʼan Kʼin Bʼalam. It is possible that his son was Kʼawiil Chan Kʼinich.

He reigned from March 24, 698 to his death. He made at least one ritual circuit.[3]


  1. ^ Bajlaj Chan Kʼawiil Archived 2018-10-09 at the Wayback Machine at Mesoweb.
  2. ^ Martin and Grube 2000:58
  3. ^ Itzamnaaj Kʼawiil of Dos Pilas Archived 2018-10-09 at the Wayback Machine at Mesoweb.


  • 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.