cozcatl (Mdz34r)

cozcatl (Mdz34r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for cozcatl (necklace) has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Cincozcac. It is a necklace made from three ears of corn (cintli), two yellow (one the sides) and one red (at the bottom). The cobs are connected by a green cord or leather thong, and there is a knot at the top that would go behind the wearer's head.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

See below for a wide range of necklace designs.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Shapes and Perspectives: 

collares, maíz

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


Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el collar

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 34 verso,, image 78 of 188.

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).