cuauhtli (TR16r)

cuauhtli (TR16r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for eagle (cuauhtli) shows the bird in profile, facing toward the viewer's left. Its stance is something like that of a human dancer (given the positioning of the legs to convey movement) dressed as an eagle. The dance has a face with a gray band where his eyes would be. He wears a purple-brown, feathered, eagle skin that includes the head. The bird's beak is wide open, and the human head peeks out from inside the beak. A raised claw of the bird carries a white flag (labeled bādera). The other claw hangs down. The dancer has an additional headdress with white feathers, along with additional white feathers clustered as a second tail.S

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

águila / cuauhtli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

eagles, águilas, feathers, plumas, banners, flags, banderas

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

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 16 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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Historical Contextualizing Image: