malinalli (Azca9)

malinalli (Azca9)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This gold and yellow painting of the element malinalli (twisted grass) has been carved from the compound ethnic name glyph, Malinalca (people of Malinalco). This element has a look like water, consisting of a golden swirl and offshoots, each one with a lighter yellow tip.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

post-1550, but content about the migration from Aztlan to about 1527

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

perhaps Tlatelolco, Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


grasses, medicinal herba, hierbas medicinales

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

malinal(li), twisted grasses, also a day sign,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

las hierbas torcidas

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

The Codex Azcatitlan is also known as the Histoire mexicaine, [Manuscrit] Mexicain 59–64. It is housed in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and hosted on line by the World Digital Library and the Library of Congress.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Library of Congress is “unaware of any copyright or other restrictions in the World Digital Library Collection.” But please cite Bibliothèque Nationale de France and this Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs.