citlalin popoca (TR44v)

citlalin popoca (TR44v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography is supported by the gloss, but we actually drew the noun and verb that represents this scene, citlalin popoca (the star smokes), from our Online Nahuatl Dictionary. What the scene shows is a circular blue sky (ilhuicatl) with a yellow outline. Inside the perimeter of the circle is a ring of small white circles, apparently representing stars in the early format. In the middle of the small white circles is a large, white, eight-point star with a European design. Coming up and off of this large star are six volutes showing smoke. These are dark gray on the outside, orange in the interior, and red at their base.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

dezen que humeava
la Estrella

Gloss Normalization: 

Dicen que humeaba la estrella

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

stars, estrellas, cometas, comets, smoke, humo, humeante, humeaba, cielo, skies

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

citlalin popoca, the star smokes, smoking star, or comet,

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 44 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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