cuauhquecholli (Mdz42r)

cuauhquecholli (Mdz42r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for the eagle with rich feathers (cuauhquecholli) also stands for the place name, Cuauhquechollan. It has been taken from the place name Macuilxochic-Cuauhquechollan (see below). The eagle is shown in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. Its eye and beak are open. Its claws are noticeably sharp. On the eagle's head is a feather device that is made with quecholli feathers. The quecholli is a bird whose feathers had an important ritual role in the 20-day month of the same name.

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

cuauhtli, quecholli, birds, eagles, feathers

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

cuauhquechol(li), eagle with rich feathers,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el águila de pluma rica

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Antonio Peñafiel

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 42 recto,, image 94 of 188.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, hold the original manuscript, the MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1. This image is published here under the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0).