cuahuitl (Mdz3v)

cuahuitl (Mdz3v)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for tree (cuahuitl) has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Cuauhtitlan. The tree has a leader and two branches. Two-toned green foliage appears at the end of the leader and the branches. The trunk is a terracotta color. The roots of the tree are visible, and they are painted red.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

We have removed the teeth (tlantli) from the trunk to present this element on its own, but the original can be seen in the compound place name below, right.

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

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


trees, branches, roots

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el árbol

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 03 verso,, image 17 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).

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