tochtli (TR8r)

tochtli (TR8r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful simplex glyph from the Codex Telleriano-Remensis shows a rabbit (tochtli). It has been taken from a date. The rabbit was both a day sign and a year sign in the calendar. Here, it is shown in profile, looking toward the viewer's right. Its coat is dotted and painted a purplish color. Its visible eye, which has been left white, is wide open. Its protruding teeth are also white, and its long, protruding tongue is red. Its neck has the look of having been severed, with a red ring at the throat and, below that, a yellow scalloped or jagged edge. Below that are what appear to be internal organs, red and yellow.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Organs, as shown below, typically come in red and yellow. Scalloped yellow edges can suggest a severing, such as can be seen in the severed part of the tree of Tamoanchan (also below). The autonomous-era sculpture of the divine force of Coyolxauhqui, who was cut into many pieces, has these scalloped edges all over it. For more on red and yellow interiors, see the article on the left navigation bar.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Analysis, 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


rabbits, conejos, fechas, dates, calendarios, órganos, organs, lenguas, tongues, xiuhpohualli, año, turquesa, xihuitl

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

tocht(li), rabbit, a calendrical marker and the shape seen in the moon,

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 8 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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