ichtecqui (Mdz70r)

ichtecqui (Mdz70r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography shows a scene where a man is in the act of stealing something from a rectangular, lidded box made from woven reeds. The man wears a (probably white cotton) cape tied at his shoulder, and a white loincloth. The cape has light purple or gray shading with the intention of suggesting three-dimensionality. His skin is a tan color. He is standing in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. His body suggests motion. The gloss informs the viewer that thief (ichtecqui, thief, or ladrón in Spanish, is the intended reading, but the same scene could be used for the term ichtequi, to steal. It is unclear what is in the box. One thing could be a framed picture or a document. There are two more items that are olive green with red dots on the ends.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
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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

Cultural Content & Iconography: 

ladrones, robar, cajas de petate, hombres

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


Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 70 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., 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)

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