mizquitl (TR42r)

mizquitl (TR42r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorfully painted example of a mesquite tree (mizquitl) is included here for its iconographic value, given that it is not glossed in the manuscript. We suspect it is a mizquitl based on comparison with glosses of mizquitl glyphs (see below). This tree has a brown trunk with three branches. The branches are colored with red thorns. At the ends of each branch is some greenery with four parts. Connected to the greenery are some seed pods, white with a yellow or golden border and a mesh pattern inside.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The flower of the mesquite tree is a long, fluffy, yellow blossom. See an example in WikiMedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Prosopis_laevigata_-_flowers.jpg.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


árboles, mesquites

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

el mesquite

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 42 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection, https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8458267s/f109.item.zoom

Image Source, Rights: 

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