Wak Chan Kʼawiil

Wak Chan Kʼawiil,[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 Ichʼaak II and Lady Hand. He sponsored accession of Yajaw Teʼ Kʼinich II, ruler of Caracol in 553. The monument associated with Wak Chan Kʼawiil is Stelae 17.[1]

Wak Chan Kʼawiil
King of Tikal
Reign27 December 537 – c. 562
PredecessorBird Claw
SuccessorAnimal Skull
BornJanuary 508?
Diedc. 562
FatherChak Tok Ichʼaak II
MotherLady Hand
ReligionMaya religion
SignatureWak Chan Kʼawiil's signature


  1. ^ The ruler's name, when transcribed is WAK-CHAN KʼAWI꞉L YAX-E꞉B-XO꞉K?[KʼINICH 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 Kʼankʼin, 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 Ajaw of Tikal
December 27, 537?-c. 562
Succeeded by