Quechol (MH638r)

Quechol (MH638r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Quechol ("Flamingo" or "Roseate Spoonbill") shows a bird in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. Its wings are raised and its feet are bent back a bit, as though it is in flight. Its eye is open, but its beak is closed. It appears to be white, but the feathers of the quecholli are predominantly red.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The quecholli is a bird whose feathers had an important ritual role in the 20-day month of the same name. Its red or pink feathers were highly prized.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
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Gloss Normalization: 


Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

birds, pájaros, feathers, plumas mes, calendario, fiesta

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

quechol(li), bird with rich red feathers (the roseate spoonbill or the flamingo), the name of a month of twenty days, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/quecholli
tlauhquechol(li), the roseate spoohbill, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tlauhquecholli

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 638r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=358st=image.

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library; used here with the Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0).

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