ihuitl (Mdz3v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element has been carved from the compound sign for the personal name, Huitzilihuitl (below, right). It is a string of hummingbird (huitzilin) feathers (ihuitl). The feathers are small, rounded, and white, with black lines of texturing.

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content & Iconography: 

feathers, plumas

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

ihu(itl), feather(s), especially small feathers or down, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/ihuitl

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 03 verso, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., 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).