K'uk' Bahlam I

K'uk' Bahlam I

K'uk' Bahlam I
Ajaw of Palenque
K'uk' Bahlam I's glyph
Reign March 10, 431 – 435
Predecessor New creation
Successor "Casper"
Born March 30, 397
Died 435?
Religion Maya religion

K'uk' Bahlam I,[N 1] also known as Kuk and Bahlum K'uk', (March 30, 397 – 435?), was a founder and ajaw of the ruling dynasty at the Maya city of Palenque. He founded the dynasty on March 10, 431.[N 2][1]


One stone censer stand portrays one of the Palenque kings named K'uk' Bahlam, as the subject can be identified by a quetzal (k'uk') headdress and jaguar (bahlam) ears.[2]


  1. ^ The ruler's name, when transcribed is K'UK'[BAHLAM], translated "Quetzal Jaguar".
  2. ^ These are the dates indicated on the Maya inscriptions in Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, Born: 5 Kimi 14 K'ayab and Acceded: 1 K'an 2 K'ayab.


  1. ^ Skidmore, Joel (2010). The Rulers of Palenque (PDF) (Fifth ed.). Mesoweb Publications. p. 6. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Martin, Simon; Grube, Nikolai (2008). Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya (2nd ed.). London: Thames and Hudson. 
Regnal titles
Preceded by
New creation
Ajaw of Palenque
March 10, 431-435?
Succeeded by