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sponding to our modern captain-general. The repetition of a word is one form of superlative. Hence the word holcan three times repeated would read the “very valiant," the “warrior of warriors,” the “warrior par excellence.”
The most prominent ornament in the second line represents a series of knots or joints of the bamboo cane. Moc is the generic Maya word for “knot.” This bamboo joint or knot is often used as totem of Queen Móo, whose name is the radical or first syllable of the verb moocol, “ to knot,” and of many other words the meaning of which is "to join,” “to tie,” etc.
“ On the same line there are also four circles, and a fish on each side of the series of knots. Cay is the Maya for “fish." It was the name of the highpriest, elder brother of Queen Móo. His totem on the monuments is always a fish. (Plate XXXVI.) Taking each of the circles that accompany the fish as a unit, we have the numerical “four,” can, a word that, as we have already seen,' has many meanings in the Maya language. It is, as the English word can, always connected with power and might. In this instance it signifies “to speak,” and, by extension, “to testify,” particularly if we consider that the word uol, besides circle, also means “to
' desire,” “to wish.” The ornament composed of four circles and a fish, then, signifies that Cay, the pontiff, wishes to speak, to testify.
On the third line we again find the circles uol many times repeated, which in this case should be translated “to earnestly desire,” “to crave.” These circles are separated by reedings, that form, as it were, a kind of frame around the knots in the centre of the second line, to indicate that the action represented by this ornament is directly connected with
· Ubi supra, p. 93.