coztic teocuitlapitzqui (Mdz70r)

coztic teocuitlapitzqui (Mdz70r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography from the Codex Mendoza shows a silversmith making objects of gold worker. He sits on a woven mat (petlatl) facing a three-legged container with a fire, where he is crafting objects in gold. Red and yellow flames shoot upward. A round disc that serves as the glyph for gold (teocuitlatl) appears on the edge of the container and at the front of the vessel.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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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


oro, plata, oficios, metales preciosos

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Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 

coztic teocuitlapitzqui, a silver worker who works gold,
teocuitlapitzqui, a silversmith,
coztic, something red, yellow, or gold,
coztic teocuitlatl, gold, yellow gold,
coztic teocuitlacozca(tl), a gold gem,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 70 recto,, image 150 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)