Tonatiuh (MH579v)

Tonatiuh (MH579v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tonatiuh (“Sun,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a frontal view of a sun with a face, five triangular rays and three straight line rays coming off the central circle.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The stylistics of this sun show some European influence (primarily in the addition of an anthropomorphic face). The earlier glyphs for "sun" (such as can be seen in the Codex Mendoza) did have triangular rays (and additional icongraphy), just not the face. With European influence, both the terms tonatiuh and tonalli began to include human faces. See below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juā. tonatiuh

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Tonatiuh

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

sun, sol, rays, rayos, face, cara, resplandencia, resplendence, shimmer, gleam, shine, rayos, brillar, luminosidad, lustre, fulgor, reluce

Museum & Rare Book Comparisons: 
Museum/Rare Book Notes: 

Photograph by Robert Haskett, Sala Mexica, Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico City, summer 2005.

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

El Sol

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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).

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