tonatiuh cualo (TR37r)

tonatiuh cualo (TR37r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph shows the sun (tonatiuh) with a wedge missing, something like a pie where a piece has been eaten. An eclipse was usually called "tonatiuh cualo," literally, the sun is eaten, but meaning that part of it has gone dark. The sun here is much like the sun in the Codex Mendoza, with its quincunx shape, detailed design, and multiple colors

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

See other examples of eclipses, below.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

eclise del sol

Gloss Normalization: 

eclipse del sol

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


suns, soles, eclipses

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

tonatiuh cualo, to have an eclipse of the sun,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el eclipse del sol

Image Source: 

The Codex Telleriano-Remensis is hosted on line by the Bibliothèque nationale de France. We have taken this detail shot from the indicated folio.

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is not copyright protected, but please cite Gallica, the digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France or cite this Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs, ed. Stephanie Wood (Eugene, Ore.: Wired Humanities Projects, 2020–present).