Tepeyollotl (TR8r)

Tepeyollotl (TR8r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This iconographic example of one of the patron deities (or divine forces) with a significant role in the divinatory almanac reproduced in the Codex Telleriano-Remensis is Tepeyollotl ("Hill-Heart"), a divine force associated with the jaguar. He has green pleated fans with white trim at his neck and on his back and three bending quetzal feathers coming off the top of his head. His face has multiple colors, changing from gold to gray in a vertical division that runs through his left eye, and red paint around his mouth. His white teeth are visible.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Eloise Quioñones Keber (1995, 166) explains that the green color of the fans are there to associate him with the fertility of the earth rather than the water. The colors on his face associate him with the night deity Tezcatlipoca.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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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 and Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

fertility, fertilidad, feathers, plumas, deidades, deities, divinidades, divinities, divine forces, fuerzas divinas

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


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 8 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection, https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8458267s/f41.item.zoom

Image Source, Rights: 

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