quecholli (TR4v)

quecholli (TR4v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography is meant to provide more context for understanding glyphs that might contain the quecholli bird or its feathers. The quecholli was a 20-day month of the calendar and a time when rituals involving quecholli feathers were notable. This scene seems to show a dancer in active movement. In the dancers hand are arrows, a net bag (chitatli) and two quecholli feather devices coming off the bag.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The divine force or deity called Chantico includes a quecholli (warrior's feather ornament) in her headdress. (See below.) As Eloise Quiñones Keber {Codex Telleriano-Remensis, 1995, 186) notes, this female figure wears both a skirt and a loincloth, the latter being a "martial attribute" that complicates the gendering of her representation.

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Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


feathers, arrows, atlatl, flechas, plumas, meses, veintenas, veinte días, calendarios, fiestas

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

Quecholli, a month of 20 days, festival associated with bird feathers and sacrifice, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/quecholli

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

(nombre de un mes de veinte días relacionado con plumas y sacrificio)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 4 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection, https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8458267s/f34.item.zoom

Image Source, Rights: 

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