cihuatl (CQ)

cihuatl (CQ)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This iconographic example of a woman from the Codex Quetzalecatzin is provided here as a comparison for glyphs that contain the sign for woman. In this example, the woman is shown in profile looking to the viewer's right. She kneels, with her legs are tucked up under her. Her arms are hidden underneath her huipilli, which has a red trim around the bottom. Her skirt also has red trim around the bottom, visible just above the one bare foot that sticks out from underneath. This huipilli does not have the rectangle over the chest, just a short V-neck. The woman's black braids are twisted up into two points at the top of her head, in a hairstyle called the neaxtlahualli.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

covers ruling men and women of Tecamachalco through 1593

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

southern Puebla state

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Randall Rodríguez and Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Other Cultural Influences: 

women, mujeres, hair, cabello

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

la mujer

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Ofelia Cruz Morales

Image Source: 

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, aka Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, Codex Ehecatepec-Huitziltepec, or Charles Ratton Codex. Library of Congress.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Library of Congress, current custodian of this pictorial Mexican manuscript, hosts a digital version online. It is not copyright protected.

Historical Contextualizing Image: