ilhuitl (TR1v)

ilhuitl (TR1v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

We are including this example of iconography for the word day (ilhuitl, or día de fiesta in Spanish) based on the Spanish-language gloss. It also serves as an excellent comparison for ilhuitl glyphs in this collection. It is a large circle with a multi-colored (red, mustard yellow, light blue) spiral inside. The very middle is white. Around the perimeter are four, evenly-spaced small circles, red, blue, mustard yellow, and green, which add vibrance. This vibrance calls to mind tonalli, another word for day, the sun, and the personal animating force or energy that resides in the head. Between the spiraling and the small dots, the whole effect has movement.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

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Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


días, fiestas, soles, energía

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

día de fiesta

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

The Codex Telleriano-Remensis is hosted on line by the Bibliothèque nationale de France. We have taken this detail shot from folio 1 verso.

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is not copyright protected, but please cite Gallica, the digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France or cite this Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs, ed. Stephanie Wood (Eugene, Ore.: Wired Humanities Projects, 2020–present).

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