tototl (MH523r)

tototl (MH523r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of a bird (tototl) has been taken from the compound glyph for the personal name Chalchiuhtototl. The bird is shown in profile, facing the viewer's right. It has one foot raised, as though it is walking (in motion). Its visible eye is open. It has a long beak and a small wing.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

As the examples below demonstrate, what was called a tototl could vary considerably, suggesting that this is a generic term.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


birds, pájaros, en movimiento

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 523r, 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).