quetzaltlalpiloni (Mdz49r)

quetzaltlalpiloni (Mdz49r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful painting is a glyph-like example of iconography for the quetzaltlalpiloni, a special quetzal feather hair binder with double tassels that was a type of insignia. The double tassels are connected by a white tie with a knot at top and center. The tassels are turquoise-blue, red, yellow, and different shades of green.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

un queçal tlalpilone de
plumas rricas q~
servia de insi
nia rreal

Gloss Normalization: 

n quetzaltlalpiloni de plumas ricas que servía de insignia real

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Shapes and Perspectives: 

plumas, pelo, insignia, atado

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

quetzal(li), the feathers of the quetzal bird, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/quetzalli
tlalpiloni, a special hair binder with double feather tassels, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tlalpiloni

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

(unas insignias en forma de adorno de borlas de plumas quetzales para el pelo)

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 46 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 108 of 188.

Image Source, Rights: 

Original manuscript is held by the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1; used here with the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0)

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