panitl (TR5r)

panitl (TR5r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography shows a hand-held, turquoise blue and white, striped, paper flag on a red pole. The pole is topped with additional decorations of paper in turquoise blue and white stripes. An arrangement of white down feathers is attached at the very top. The hand that holds the banner has horizontal pink or red stripes.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This flag looks like the ones associated with the festival of the fifteenth month, Panquetzaliztli, of the xiuhpohualli calendar. For additional images and an explanation of the feast day, see

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 


Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


banderas, banners, flags, papers, papeles, amates

Museum & Rare Book Comparisons: 
Museum/Rare Book Notes: 

This public domain image of the Panquetzaliztli, 15th month fiesta, shows a man holding a large flag associated with the events. This page from the Tovar Codex was digitized by the John Brown Carter Library.

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

la bandera [de Panquetzaliztli]

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 the indicated folio.

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).