cacahuatl (Mdz68r)

cacahuatl (Mdz68r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This iconographic example of a cup, with four cacao (cacahuatl) beans showing at the top, is included here as a comparison for glyphic signs that involve cacao. The ceramic cup is polychrome, with a red and white band of design near the top and also at the base.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The short line at the top of the cacao bean is a diagnostic.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

xicara cō cacao
pa bever

Gloss Normalization: 

jícara con cacao para beber

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

cacao, chocolate, cocoa, tazas, xícaras bebidas, cacahuatl

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 68 recto,, Image 146 of 188.

Image Source, Rights: 

Original manuscript is held by the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1; used here with the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0)

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