itoa (FCbk4f19v)

itoa (FCbk4f19v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

We are classifying this as an iconographic example of speech. The text that accompanies this illustration refers to "that which was said" (in mitoa, or in mihtoa, if it were to include the glottal stop). Two speech scrolls emerge from the mouth of a man with a notable hairstyle and ornamentation on his ear and below his lip. He wears a red and white cape (tilmatli) tied at his shoulder.

Regarding the speech scrolls, one curls up and one curls down. Dots appear between the scrolls, seemingly adding both movement and visual sound.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

in mitoa

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


volutas, hablar

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

hablar, decir

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source, Rights: 

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