ixtli (Mxnus13)

ixtli (Mxnus13)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of an element from a compound glyph features the early form of an eye, also called the starry eye or stellar eye. It is a circle with an eyelid coming almost halfway down the circle. Below the lid is an iris or pupil (another half circle).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This ixtli compares favorably to the starry eyes in the Codex Mendoza (see below).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1590

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

central Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Syntax (patterns): 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


eyes, ojos, estrellas, stars

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Image Source: 

https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15284/?sp=13&st=image. This image is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library, but the manuscript is part of the holdings of Bibliothèque nationale de France and the original source is gallica.bnf.fr/BNF.

Image Source, Rights: 

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