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Aristocrat from Pomoy as a captive

Monument 159
Toniná, Chiapas
Late Classic (600 - 900 AD)
Limestone
Testimony to the Victory
This monument tells of a fire ritual that was repeatedly held by Ruler 8 of Toniná at the grave of Ruler 1, who founded the local dynasty, at the Date 3 Manik 0 Muwaan, i.e. the 31st October, AD 799. The figure in the middle shows an aristocrat from Pomoy, Aj Chan Chih, who was captured by Ruler 8 on 2 MuLuk 12 Ch'e’en (13th July, 789). The captive is shown bound neck and arms and with his hands on the lips - a gesture which symbolizes fear.

© Photo: Haupt & Binder

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