huehuetl (FCbk4f19r)

huehuetl (FCbk4f19r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This painted example of iconography is provided here to show yet one more example of the huehuetl (standing drum). Apparently made of wood, the drum has a hide on the top and a stepped cutout at the bottom. A person who is playing it is sitting on a low stool with a woven, petlatl look to it. The man's knees bent upward, as the drum is pulled up close to him. Two song scrolls, one curling up and one curling down, emerge from his mouth. A number of dots appear next to each of the scrolls, serving to suggest a continuous sound. The man wears a cape tied at his shoulder.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


música, tambores, leather, piel, jaguares, madera

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

huehue(tl), a wooden, standing drum with a skin on the top,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el tambor vertical de madera y piel

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source, Rights: 

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