Pahtecatl (TR15v)

Pahtecatl (TR15v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography from the Codex Telleriano-Remensis shows an anthropomorphized figure of the divine force of medicine. He was one of various divine figures linked to the alcoholic beverage octli, or pulque in Spanish. Some "four hundred" little rabbits (Totochtin) had the honor of this octli association, and they were recognized on the date Ome Tochtli (2-Rabbit, 2-Conejo). The crescent-shaped nose ornament that he wears is clearly associated with octli, as is the small blue and white shape of the crescent moon (or octli vessel) on the band across his forehead. The "hooked shell ear ornament" recalls Quetzalcoatl, according to Eloise Quiñones Keber (Codex Telleriano-Remensis, 1995, 177). She also finds the quali feathers on his back notable.

Added Analysis: 

The skein on the headdress has yet to be analyzed, but it appears elsewhere in this collection (see below). Compare the quail feathers to some additional examples in this collection (below). The turbinate shells are especially beautifully drawn.

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

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

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 15 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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