Tlaloc (TR5v)

Tlaloc (TR5v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

The gloss that points to rain helps to identify this iconographic example of the divine force of the rain, Tlaloc, in profile and facing toward the viewer's right. A large, curving, stream of water comes down from the upper left toward the lower right. It has black lines of current, and splashing off the current are alternating turbinate shells and droplets/beads. Perched on the lower tip of the water stream is the figure representing the divine force. The color turquoise predominates, including a curling shape in front of his starry eye (also circled in turquoise blue) and coming down to the left of his mouth. Fangs protrude from his mouth. He has what appears to be a quetzal feather headdress and many additional adornments in white gold, green and red.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

en este mes çele
braba la fiesta del
abajamiento de las
aguas del diluvio

Gloss Normalization: 

en este mes celebraban la fiesta del abajamiento de las aguas del diluvio

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

This stone sculpture of Tlaloc is located in the Museo Xolotl at the archaeological site in Tenayuca (Tlalnepantla region of Mexico City). Photo by Stephanie Wood, 13 August 2023.

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

Tlaloc, the sacred force or divinity associated with water, rain, and storms,

Image Source: 

The Codex Telleriano-Remensis is hosted on line by the Bibliothèque nationale de France. We have taken this detail shot from folio 5 verso.

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is not copyright protected, but please cite Gallica, the digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France or cite this Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs, ed. Stephanie Wood (Eugene, Ore.: Wired Humanities Projects, 2020–present).

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