chimalli (TR5r)

chimalli (TR5r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This iconographic example of a shield, which we are calling a chimalli in Nahuatl given the Spanish gloss, rodela, is actually a large circular shield with many embellishments. The shield has a white border and a red or pink center. The center is decorated with seven down feathers and four dark red dots. A white paper flag appears above the shield, with two red and white strips of paper coming out from behind the flag, and four additional strips of red and white striped paper appear below. Behind the shield are four horizontal pink sticks or arrows. These are decorated at both ends with round, white, down feathers.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 


Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


rodelas, escudos, shields, plumas, papeles, amate

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

chimal(li), a shield, a symbol for war itself,

Image Source: 

The Codex Telleriano-Remensis is hosted on line by the Bibliothèque nationale de France. We have taken this detail shot from folio 5 recto.

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is not copyright protected, but please cite Gallica, the digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France or cite this Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs, ed. Stephanie Wood (Eugene, Ore.: Wired Humanities Projects, 2020–present).