tochmotla (TR26r) (eg2)

tochmotla (TR26r) (eg2)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography from the Codex Telleriano-Remensis shows a man hunting rabbits with a bow and arrow. The rabbit, teeth protruding, is running away. The arrow looks more like the tlaxichtli than the tlacochtli or the mitl (see below for comparisons). The man is standing in semi-profile, facing toward the viewer's left. He has long hair, wears an animal hide (with texturing) tied over his right shoulder, and he is barefooted. On his back is a bundle with a bird's head peeking out. Footprints at the man's feet are part of a road between Tzompanco and Coacalco, adding a semantic value. We are giving this activity the name tochmotla, which is a word from Alonso de Molina's Vocabulario that means "to hunt rabbits."

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Bows and arrows, dressing in skins, and going barefooted could all be associated with Chichimecs, an ethnicity associated with peoples of the North. See the glyph for the Chichmeca, below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


bows, arcos, arrows, flechas, cazar, hunting, rabbits, conejos, totolin, huexolotl, guajolotes, pieles, tochtli, Chichimecas

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

tochmotla, to hunt rabbits,
tlahuitol(li), a bow for shooting arrows,
tlaminqui, a person who shoots with a bow and arrow,

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 26 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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