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The B Glyphs of the Lunar Supplementary Series

Constellation band

Linda Schele, et al., divide the B Glyph into two main variants, the “rodent bone” and the T1041 (? This must be a misprint or typo; I think T1016 is meant here, as that is the glyph that appears) “God C” head. Thompson refers to an additional two variants; a version with “two circles containing what appear to be drops of water or cursive Ik signs” and a version where “the head with its infix or postfix is replaced by the muluc (water or xoc) symbol.” The glyphs in the table below fall into the “rodent-bone,” “two circle” and “muluc” groups; Thompson (1971) says that the “God C” variant appears in only two texts, but only shows one. Schele, Grube and Fahsen show several others: Copan 19, Copan P, Palenque TFS jb, Palenque TS jb, Palenque TS stucco (two examples), KC panel, Copan 3 and the Copan Hieroglyphic Stairway. Finally, Schele, Grube and Fahsen show at least one more variety in which the rodent head is replaced by a “kayab” turtle head (Quirigua stela G); they say that this is a phonetic complement, phonetic ‘a’.

Most all of these versions begin with an ‘u’ syllable u; the phonetic value of the rodent head T757, ba, is ‘ba’, while the T758a ch’o or ch’ok rodent head is ‘ch’o’ or, with the bone element, ‘ch’ok,” and the T1016 k’u or k’ul k’u or k’ul k’u or k’ul glyph reads ‘k’u’ or ‘k’ul.’ The “two circles” element, ch’o or ch’ok reads ‘ch’ok’, “sprout,” the same as T758a, and the “elbow” k’aba itself reads ‘k’aba’, “name.” Thus, the Glyph B phrase reads either u k’ul k’aba, its Holy name (u k’u or k’ul k’aba) or u ch’ok k’aba, its sprout name (u ch’o or ch’ok k’aba).

“Rodent-Bone” Variants
Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone
Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone
Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone
Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone
Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone Glyph B, Rodent Bone
“Two Circle” Variants
Glyph B, Two Circle Glyph B, Two Circle Glyph B, Two Circle Glyph B, Two Circle Glyph B, Two Circle Glyph B, Two Circle Glyph B, Two Circle Glyph B, Two Circle Glyph B, Two Circle Glyph B, Two Circle Glyph B, Two Circle Glyph B, Two Circle
“Muluc” Variants
Glyph B, Muluk Glyph B, Muluk Glyph B, Muluk Glyph B, Muluk Glyph B, Muluk Glyph B, Muluk Glyph B, Muluk Glyph B, Muluk  
“God C” Variants
Glyph B, God C Glyph B, God C Glyph B, God C Glyph B, God C Glyph B, God C Glyph B, God C Glyph B, God C Glyph B, God C Glyph B, God C Glyph B, God C Glyph B, God C Glyph B, God C
Unclassifiable
Elbow Elbow Elbow Elbow    

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