tonatiuh cualo (TR42r)

tonatiuh cualo (TR42r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful compound glyph of an eclipse shows a frontal view of the sun sign (tonatiuh) with a portion, shaped like a pie wedge, black, suggesting the verb cualohua, for an eclipse to take place. The verb cua, to eat, in a passive form, can also be indicated, considering that the gloss includes cualo. Some smoke appears outside the black wedge.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The smoke outside the darkened part of the sun in this eclipse may suggest that this was seen as something like shooting stars and comets, which appear to smoke.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

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Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

suns, soles, eclipses, comer

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

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