coyametl (Mdz51r)

coyametl (Mdz51r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element of a peccary (coyametl) comes from the compound glyph for the place name Ixcoyamec. It shows the animal with a coarse coat, a purplish-gray on its back and white on its belly. It has black hooves, and its front feet are raised up, as though the animal is moving. Its tail curls, and its teeth protrude from its mouth.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Shapes and Perspectives: 


Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

pig or boar

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 51 recto,, image 112 of 118.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, hold the original manuscript, the MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1. This image is published here under the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0).

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