tonalli (T1871:1)

tonalli (T1871:1)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element of a sun (tonalli), representing a day, has been taken from a group of seven suns ("chicometica"). This sun has a human-like face on it, in a frontal view, and the short rays of the aura radiate out from the oval face.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This temporal reference is part of a discussion about tributes. This type of representation of the sun conveys European artistic influences. For oomparisons, see the tonalli glyph from the Codex Mendoza and the tonalli from the Matrícula de Huexotzinco.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Cuauhtla, Morelos

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

suns, soles, days, días, calendarios, tributos

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

el día, el sol

Image Source: 

Single-page codex, Archivo General de la Nación, México, Ramo de Tierras, vol. 1871, exp. 1, fol. 28r.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Archivo General de la Nación (AGN), México, holds the original manuscript. This image is published here under a Creative Commons license, asking that you cite the AGN and this Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs.