panitl (TR25v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element of a flag or banner (panitl) has been carved from the place name Pantepetl ("Hill of the Banner"), modern state of Michoacán, which appears on folio 25 verso of the Codex Telleriano-Remensis. The flag is vertical, with the banner on the viewer's left. The banner has a horizontal black stripe in the middle, with thinner black lines just above and below that, suggesting white stripes. The green background is not part of the glyph.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This banner is similar to one that stands for the place name Nepopohualco that appears in the Matrícula de Huexotzinco (below).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

pani(tl), flag, banner; possibly associated with sacrifice,
tlahuahuan(tli), striped or with straight lines,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

la bandera

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 25 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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