tzompantli (TR26r)

tzompantli (TR26r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for a skull rack (tzompantli) shows a rectangular, wooden (judging from the tan color), H-shaped structure in a frontal view and sitting on a white platform. The rack only has one skull, gray with black details, strung on a cross bar at about ear level, looking toward the viewer. At least four upper teeth are visible. The lower jaw seems to be missing.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Compare this skull to some simplex glyphs, below, where skulls stand for the personal name, Miquiz. They also lack the lower jaws.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

skulls, cráneos, death, muerte, technology, tecnología, wood, madera

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

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 26 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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