ecacehuaztli (Mdz68r)

ecacehuaztli (Mdz68r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This iconographic example of a fan (ecacehuaztli) is provided here as a comparison for potential glyphic elements, such as feathers. In this fan, we see gray, yellow, and turquoise colored feathers attached to a handle that a man holds.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This fan, while used in dance, could also have a symbolic association with war, according to John Bierhorst. In the contextualizing image, we see that the man holding the fan also holds a spear, and above him is a shield, providing support that this fan had associations with war.

Added 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

Shapes and Perspectives: 

bailes, bailar, plumas, ventiladores

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

ecacehuaz(tli), a fan used in dancing,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

la manija

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 68 recto,, Image 146 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)

Historical Contextualizing Image: