tlemaitl (FCbk4f31r)

tlemaitl (FCbk4f31r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a black-line drawing of iconographic example of the word tlemaitl (hand-held incense burner). The painting shows a man in profile (facing toward the viewer's left) wearing only a loincloth, with long hair down his back, and he is using two hands to hold the ceramic burner. It has a long handle and a large, shallow bowl where incense has been set on fire. Large flames--yellow at the base and red toward the top--are rising up from the burner. Four curls of black smoke appear above the flames. Two speech scrolls also emerge above the man's face. The man's body is a light terracotta color, as is the burner. Some hatch marks on the man's back provide a three-dimensionality that shows European stylistic influence.

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Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

cerámica, fuego, incensario, mano, religion indígena

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

el incensario (de mano)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source, Rights: 

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