chalchihuitztli (TR9v)

chalchihuitztli (TR9v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography from the Telleriano-Remensis Codex is a thorn [huitz(tli)] decorated with a jade bead (chalchihui(tl)) that, here, is painted a turquoise blue. It also has feathers at the top. The point is downward. The thorn has a red tip and red and green body.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This decorated thorn, which is likely a ritual item, is very much like the thorn that appears as a central shaft to one of the olin glyphs from the same codex (see below). The red tip may relate to blood-letting, an act of offering and of self-sacrifice.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

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Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

thorns, spines, espinas, chalchihuites, plumas

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 

chalchihuitl, a precious stone, especially a precious green or blue stone,
huitztli, a thorn; a spine,

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 9 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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