itzcuintli (Mdz16r)

itzcuintli (Mdz16r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for dog (itzcuintli) has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Itzcuintepec. The small amount of green left on the animal comes from the hill or mountain atop which the dog was positioned. The dog is white with black spots. Its ears are standing up, and they are black. It is in a profile position, looking to our left. We see one eye, one nostril, and teeth or fangs protruding from the mouth.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This itzcuintli dog looks much like the dog labeled chichi in this same manuscript (the Codex Mendoza), as shown below, right. It is considerably different from the itzcuintli from the calendar in the Telleriano-Remensis Codex (also shown below), except that both have visible teeth.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


perros, dogs

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

el izcuintle, el perro

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 16 recto,, image 42 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).