huei tecuilhuitl (TR1v)

huei tecuilhuitl (TR1v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This iconographic example from the Telleriano-Remensis codex shows a human figure with a cloak and headdress (perhaps representing a tecuhtli, lord) standing and facing toward the viewer's right. Next to his outstretched (left) hand is the glyph for ilhuitl, day. We base our assessment of the glyph near his hand because of the gloss, which refers to this as a representation of the 20-day cycle "huei tecuilhuitl" in the divinatory calendar. The gloss contains both tecuhtli and ilhuitl, with the adverb referring to the veintena's greatness.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

vey tecuilvitl

Gloss Normalization: 

huei tecuilhuitl

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


teuctli, diademas, diadems, crowns, coronas, señores, lords, teuctli

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

Huei Tecuilihuitl, a month of 20 days, relating to fe
tecuh(tli), lord,
ilhui(tl), day,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

(nombre de un mes de veinte días que se trata de comida y sacrificios)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 1 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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