Itztlacoliuhqui (TR16v)

Itztlacoliuhqui (TR16v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

The iconographic example of an anthropomorphic figure representing the divine force or deity associated with frost, Itztlacoliuhqui, emphasizes a pink-striped and purple-red curling, conical hat or headdress (with the bending or curving coming from the verb, colihui) covered with penetrating obsidian points (itztli). The legs of this figure are positioned in such a way as to suggest motion or movement, perhaps dance. there are many details worthy of enumerating, including paper ornaments, but the thrust is to convey the "Obsidian-Curved One."

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This divine force is part of the Tetzcatlipoca complex and associated with frosts (cetl). It also had another name, Ce Cuetzpalin. (See our Online Nahuatl Dictionary.) Eloise Quiñones Keber notes that the "cotton and down covering of his white costume" is "a type of ornamentation usually associated with sacrificial victims," and the theme of "sacrifice and death" is reinforced in other depictions and associations of Itztlacoliuhqui in the codices Borgia and Vaticanus B. (For her larger compilation of references to this divine force, see Codex Telleriano-Remensis, 1995, 178.)

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 

obsidian, obsidiana, paper, amate, papel, curved, corvado, retorcido, hielo, carambano, death, la muerte

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Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 16 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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