Huitzilihuitl (TR30r)

Huitzilihuitl (TR30r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the personal name Huitzilihuitl includes the head of which is apparently meant to be a hummingbird (huitzilin), despite having a hooked beak. (Hummingbird glyphs show a long, pointed beak.) It is shown in profile looking toward the viewer's right. The feathers (ihuitl) at the back of its head are spiky, and around the perimeter of its head are five, small, white, round feathers, possibly down feathers. Its eye is white, as though open. The overall effect of the name is Hummingbird-Feathers.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Huitzilihuitl was the name of the second ruler of Tenochtitlan. The dates of his rule are inconsisted across various records. According to Chimalpahin, his rule spanned from 1390 to 1415. The Codex Aubin gives 1396 to 1417, and the Codex Chimalpopoca gives 1403 to 1417.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

rulers, gobernantes, colibríes, hummingbirds, feathers, plumas

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Las Plumas del Colibrí

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 30 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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