tlahuanqui (FCbk4f11v)

tlahuanqui (FCbk4f11v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful painting of the iconographic example of a drunk man tlahuanqui) shows a man in profile, moving toward the viewer's right, his legs and arms in motion. Three speech scrolls appear in front of his face. His hair is wild, with grey and red coloring. He wears a green, leafy, garland sash across his chest at a diagonal. He also wears a (probably white cotton) loincloth with pieces hanging in front and in back. Another piece of whie cotton fabric has been tied around his left wrist and hangs down in a way that also shows movement. A red flower with a green stem may be falling from his left hand. Below these items is a terracotta ceramic blow with liquid contents painted blue. In the man's right hand is a feather fan with a long handle. The feather is yellow, red, green and perhaps orange. Below the fan is a ceramic jug that is spilling a blue liquid. The whole scene is boxed-in with a double-line square, setting it apart from surrounding text, as can be seen in the contextualizing image.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

There is a gaiety about the scene. The bowl in front of the man may be pulque (octli). The gloss refers to drunks in the plural (tlahuanque), but we have singularized it here, given that the image shows just one person.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

tlahuanque (or tlahuanqueh, with the glottal stop)

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

borracho, alcohol, bailar, flores, plumas, pulque, agua, taparrabos, faja de guirnalda de hojas verdes

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

el borracho

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source, Rights: 

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Historical Contextualizing Image: