Xochiquetzal (TR22v)

Xochiquetzal (TR22v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This female deity, Xochiquetzal ("Flower Quetzal-Feather") is the counterpart to Xochipilli and has associations with the solar deities or divine forces of the sun. Her name is connoted by the quetzal bird's head that frames her face and the abundant, long, green feathers from the same bird. A large flower also bursts up between some green feathers at the top of her head. She also holds a weaving batten, which connects to her gender. It is also emblematic of the fact that she was a patron of spinning, weaving, and embroidery (expressions of a type of graphic expression for women). She also wears an elaborately woven skirt, bracelets with green and turquoise-blue stones, Kneeling is also a typical posture for women. Here, she kneels on a stool. A serpent peeks out between the rectangular legs of the stool, and its rattles and protruding, bifurcated tongue are clearly represented.

Added Analysis: 

Xochiquetzal ("Flower Quetzal-Feather") is a patron deity associated with the trecena 19 of the divinatory calendar. [See: Eloise Quiñnones Keber (Codex Telleriano-Remensis, 1995, 187–188) for a discussion about the various ethnohistorical interpretations of Xochiquetzal, some of which are conflicting and confusing.]

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

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Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 22 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection, https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8458267s/f70.item.zoom

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