Tlaloc (TR43r)

Tlaloc (TR43r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This image of the divine force (or deity) of rain, Tlaloc, is shown in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. We are classifying this as iconography, because it is not a glossed hieroglyph, per se. It has the hallmarks of goggle eyes, fangs, and a swirling blue line (perhaps clouds) around its eye and mouth. In this example, Tlaloc has paper adornments on its head. The paper has designs in black rubber. The image is also resting on the top of a quemitl (ritual bib).

Description, 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: 

deidades, deities, dioses, lluvia, rain, celestial waters

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

This is an early post-Classic (900–1250 CE) example of a vase with a rendition of Tlaloc. It was found at Tenenepanco, Popocatepetl volcano, in the State of Mexico. It is on display at the Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City. (SW)

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

Tlaloc, the sacred force or deity of rain,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

(nombre de la fuerza divina de la lluvia)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 43 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

The non-commercial reuse of images from the Bibliothèque nationale de France is free as long as the user is in compliance with the legislation in force and provides the citation: “Source / Bibliothèque nationale de France” or “Source / BnF.”

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