xolotl (MH553r)

xolotl (MH553r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the element for xolotl, carved from the personal name Texolohua, shows the head of a dog in profile. The tattooing or face paint that involves vertical and horizontal lines crossing the head recall the representation of the divine force (or deity) called Xolotl in the Codex Mendoza. Significantly, too, the ears are squared off at the top.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Images of Ehecatl and Xolotl can have face paint, perhaps some indication of their divinity.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzinco, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Museum & Rare Book Comparisons: 
Museum/Rare Book Notes: 

The face wrinkles are clear on this xoloitzcuintli, shown in profile in a photo with Izzy Sánchez holding it. December 22, 2023. Arizona. The lines on the face could also possibly tie in with the tattoo or face paint on the ixiptla of the xolotl.

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 533r, World Digital Library. https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=185&st=image

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).