micqui (Mdz52r)

micqui (Mdz52r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for a deceased person (micqui) has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Miquetlan. This is a corpse is an upright seated position, with the knees under the chin, a posture typical of a male. It is in profile view and faces to the viewer's right. The cloth shroud also resembles a cloak, such as men wore. It is a white cloth, and it is bound with both horizontal and crossing white ties. Black lines give the ties a twisting, rope-like appearance.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The shroud has a clearly visible cloak's edge, fairly widely hemmed--running vertically in the middle of the body--which may suggest a deceased noble or ruler. The ties around the cloth-covered deceased person can also be just horizontal or just crossed, as we see in other examples below, right.

Added 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, Credit: 

Xitlali Torres


muertos, muerte, death, cadáver, cadaveres

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

un muerto

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 52 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 114 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).