Nauhecatl (FCbk4f30v)

Nauhecatl (FCbk4f30v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful painting of the simplex glyph-plus-notation has as its focus the date Nahuecatl (or "Nahui Ehecatl," 4-Wind). It shows the head of the divine force of the wind Ehecatl (even though the author of the gloss preferred the spelling Ecatl). This is a bird-like head or just a face shown in profile and facing toward the viewer's right. It wears a buccal mask with fangs and an arrow pointed tongue. Above the teeth is the device for blowing wind (ehecatl)that comes to a rising point. A trapezoid at the tip is painted red. Next to that is a mushroom shape with a black top, and finally a round eye that is reminiscent of the starry or stellar eye--red, white, and black--that could be found in the night sky. Below the head/face are four (nahui) small circles painted yellow.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


tonalpohuali, días, fechas, calendarios, viento, deidades, fuerzas divinas, aliento, aire, cuatro

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

Cuatro Viento, 4-Viento

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source, Rights: 

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