ilamatl (Mdz71r)

ilamatl (Mdz71r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography from the Codex Mendoza shows an older woman in profile looking to the viewer's right. Her hair is coiffed and her face is lined. Her hair is a grayish purple. Her skin is a tan color. Her mouth is open and she may have missing teeth.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

vieja muger

Gloss Normalization: 

vieja mujer

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

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

ilama(tl), elder female, old woman,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

vieja mujer

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 71 recto,, image 152 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: