ixtli (Mdz63r)

ixtli (Mdz63r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography is included here for helping make comparisons with glyphs relating to the night sky and starry eyes. The gloss says "ojos" (eyes) but the text also refers to "las estrellas" (stars). The night sky is a half circle painted grayish-purple. The starry eyes are found in two horizontal rows of six (top) and five (lower). Nine starry eyes also appear around the perimeter of the half circle.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


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: 

cielos, estrellas, stars, skies, noche, nighttime, ojos, eyes, starry eyes

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

el ojo

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 63 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 136 out 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: