ixtli (MH484v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the element for an eye (ixtli), in a frontal view, shows the embrace of European drawing stylistics for human eyes.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The starry or stellar eye of earlier manuscripts, such as the Codex Mendoza, is quite different from this one. Looking at the glyph for Tlamao (MH496r(, below, we can see how the starry eye was given lashes, a step toward the eventual transformation toward European styling in the painting of human eyes.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

eyes, ojos, estilísticas europeas, lashes, pestañas

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

el ojo

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 483r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=48&st=image.

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library; used here with the Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0).

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