milli (Mdz41r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element of a milli (agricultural field) has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Tecmilco. It is a horizontal rectangle, divided into three segments (to indicate furrows or parcels?) in alternating colors of terracotta and purple or dark gray. Cultivation seems to be indicated with rows of dots (probably seeds) and U-shapes (perhaps marks from the digging stick).

Description, 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: 

Stephanie Wood, Xitlali Torres


sementeras, sembradas, parcelas, agricultura

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

Agricultural field

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 41 recto,, image 92 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).