malinalli (Mdz16r)

malinalli (Mdz16r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This green, red, and yellow painting of the element malinalli (twisted grass) has been taken from the compound place name glyph Malinaltepec (see below). This version of malinalli shows twisted two-tone green grasses in a figure 8 shape with red curling roots and seven yellow tips.

Description, 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 & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


hierbas torcidas

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

malinal(li), tall grass or twisted grass,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

las hierbas torcidads

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).