tonalli (MH544v)

tonalli (MH544v)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the tonalli (day, sun, solar personal animating force) element of the compound personal name Atonal has a quincunx shape, something like a flower with four petals with a short stick (ray of the sun?) between each one. Each petal also has a small circle in the center, and a fifth small circle appears at the place where the four petals come together. These small circles keep the eye moving around the glyph, seemingly adding shimmer or movement

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This glyph has some iconographic overlap with Teochimati and flower shape on some Icuilol (to paint) glyphs.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico


day, día, sun, sol, cardinal points, cosmos, puntos cardinales, tonal

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 554v, World Digital Library,

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library; used here with the Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0).