cintli (TR14r)

cintli (TR14r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of the iconography of maize comes from the Codex Telleriano-Remensis. It was painted in association with a divinity linked with maize, Centeotl. This detail, however, can stand alone for the noun cintli, which refers to dried maize kernels still on the cob (mazorca in Spanish). Interestingly, of the two cobs here, one is red and one is golden or yellow. They both have hash marks that leave an impression of eyes or faces. Their silk is of the opposing color, with the red cob having golden silk, and vice versa. Two light-brown growths come up from behind the red cob; they may be tassels.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Another example of cintli, but from the Codex Mendoza, also shows a pair of cobs with a similar color scheme and with the hash marks that look like faces. See below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


maize, corn, maíz, cobs, mazorcas, centli

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

cin(tli), dried ears of maize or corn,

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 14 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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