huei pachtli (TR4r)

huei pachtli (TR4r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of the festival and month in the xiuhpohualli that is called huei pachtli is included here as an example of iconography. It provides examples of what we might call paper (amatl) bibs (quemitl) with decorations in black liquid rubber (olli), the head of Tlaloc with starry eye, a fang, curling clouds around the eye and mouth, quetzalli feathers, and a large green tepetl with curly rocky outcroppings and water (atl) emerging from the horizontal red and yellow opening at the base of the hill.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

vey pachtli

Gloss Normalization: 

huei pachtli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


water, agua, feathers, plumas, paper, papel, ritual bib, quemitl, maíz, las direcciones cardinales, fiesta, festival, quincunces, month, mes, veinte días, calendarios, coailhuitl, conchitas, shells, Tlaloc, tlaloqueh, rain, lluvia

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

Huei Pachtli, a month of 20 days, recognizing the four directions and maize,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

(nombre de un mes de veinte días, que se trata de las direcciones cardinales y el maíz)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 4 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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