ihuiteteyo (Mdz65r)

ihuiteteyo (Mdz65r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography is included here for comparative purposes when examining war shields and/or feathers, especially the down feathers. This shield is round and colored primarily yellow, with eight white down feathers and a white rim around the circle.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The down balls in this design had an association with death. The design appears on the shield of Chimalpopoca, and therefore has a strong association, too, with Tenochtitlan. See our entry, below, for the shield (chimalli) that is part of his name glyph.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

feathers, shields, rodelas, escudos, feathers, plumas

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

ihuiteteyo, down ball shield design, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/ihuiteteyo
ihui(tl), feather(s), https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/ihuitl
teteyo, rocky place, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/teteyo
-yo(tl)-, having that characteristic or quality/inalienable possession, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/yotl

Image Source, Rights: 

Original manuscript is held by the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1; used here with the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0)