tzitzimitl (MH497v)

tzitzimitl (MH497v)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element, which represents supernatural forces (tzitzimitl) visually, duplicates the compound personal name Cuauhtzitzimitl. The supernatural feature is represented by short, straight lines emanating out from the head of an eagle.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Short lines can also emanate so as to show tonalli, and similar lines radiate out of the top of a cipactli. See below for examples.

Added 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

Shapes and Perspectives: 

sobrenaturales, espíritu, fuerzas divinas, tonalli, vitalidad

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

los sobrenaturales

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 497v, 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).