Tezcatlipoca (TR3v)

Tezcatlipoca (TR3v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography has as its focus a presentation of Tezcatlipoca. It is included for the purpose of identifying details that can be compared to hieroglyphs, such as green feathers called quetzalli, a red and white tecpatl (flint knife), a war shield (chimalli) and arrows (mitl), and atlatl (spear thrower), and so much more.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 


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

Shapes and Perspectives: 

plumas, tecpatl, flint knife, cuchillo, feathers, deidades, deities, fuerzas divinas, divinidades, mirrors, espejos

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

A stone carving representing Tezcatlipoca, Smoking Mirror, found in the Museo de Escultura Mexica, Tlalnepantla, Mexico. Photograph by Stephanie Wood, 16 August 2023.

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

Espejo Humeante (una fuerza divina)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 3 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection, https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8458267s/f32.item.zoom

Image Source, Rights: 

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