quetzalpatzactli (tlahuiztli)

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Scope note
A Nahua military insignia of postclassic central Mexico formed from a compressed fan of quetzal feathers worn as a back device. It was part of dance and war costumes of rulers, and paired with the xicalcoliuhqui (stepped-fret) design chimalli (shield). This insignia also designated troops from the altepetl of Quiyahuiztlan in Tlaxcala.
Accepted term: 08-Jul-2024