Yax Pasaj Chan Yopaat, also known as Yax Pasaj Chan Yoaat, Yax Pac and Yax Pasah, was ruler of the Maya kingdom of Xupki from 763 to 810 or later. This is on the site of the city of Copán in western Honduras. He is the king who made Altar Q.
He was the sixteenth and last king in line, whose name translates as 'New son on the Horizon'. He was the son of Smoke Shell and a noble woman of Palenque, and as soon as had been crowned in AD 763 he began a program of artistic and architectural improvement of the city, which included the renovation of the structures built by his predecessors and the encouragement of the work of scientists and scribes. Moreover, he was also responsible for a series of agricultural improvements which led to a great increase in population. It was this king who commissioned Altar Q. In a frieze he is depicted receiving the royal scepter from the founder of the dynasty K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo'. By the time of his death in 800, nearly all the structures still visible on the Acropolis of the city today were standing complete. After his death Copán begun to sink into a period of decline, due to ineffective ruling authority. This resulted in the emigration of Copan's people to other city states.
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... the Acropolis date archaeologically to the early 5th century AD, when K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo' established the royal dynasty ... This structure appears to have been the royal palace of Yax Pasaj Chan Yopaat, the 16th ruler in the dynastic succession and the last known king of Copán ... the tomb of his predecessor K'ak' Yipyaj Chan K'awiil ...
... It was dedicated by king Yax Pasaj Chan Yopaat in AD 776 and has each of the first 16 kings of the Copán dynasty carved around its side ... On one side, it shows the dynastic founder K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo' transferring power to Yax Pasaj ... West Side of Altar Q that tells us the date of the inauguration of Yax Pasaj ...
... K'ak' Joplaj Chan K'awiil was installed as the 14th dynastic ruler of Copán on 7 June 738, 39 days after the execution of Uaxaclajuun Ub'aah K'awiil ... K'ak' Joplaj Chan K'awiil died in January 749 ... The next ruler was K'ak' Yipyaj Chan K'awiil, a son of K'ak' Joplaj Chan K'awiil ...