Chalchiuhtotolin (TR20v)

Chalchiuhtotolin (TR20v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of the iconography of Chalchiuhtotolin ("Jade-Turkey") comes from the Codex Telleriano-Remensis. This figure, which was also guise of Tetzcatlipoca, was the divine force relating to plague and disease. It is shown here in profile, standing still, looking toward the viewer's right and with raised wings. It is covered in feathers of many colors from various birds.

Description, 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

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

feathers, plumas, jades, hens, fowl, turkeys

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Jade-Ave Silvestre

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 20 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

The non-commercial reuse of images from the Bibliothèque nationale de France is free as long as the user is in compliance with the legislation in force and provides the citation: “Source / Bibliothèque nationale de France” or “Source / BnF.”

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