Chiucnahui Ehecatl (FCbk4f7r)

Chiucnahui Ehecatl (FCbk4f7r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful simplex glyph plus notation for the name Chiucnauhehecatl (Chiucnahui Ehecatl or Chiucnahui Ecatl) shows the head of what could be a red-white-and-blue bird with an open beak, and nine yellow dots connected by underscoring seem to emerge from the mouth.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Gabrielle Vail and ‎Christine Hernández (Re-Creating Primordial Time, 2013, ) describe Ehecatl as the wind aspect of Quetzalcoatl, and they note that Ehecatl "wears a buccal (duck) mask through which to blow wind." That the "beak" may have been perceived as a blowing device is supported by the way the numbers seem to blow out of the beak. See also the glyph for Pitztli (below).

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


tonalpohualli, días, fechas, calendarios, viento, fuerza divina del viento, deidades, religión indígena

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

Nueve Viento, o 9-Viento

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source, Rights: 

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