nacazminqui (Mdz64r)

nacazminqui (Mdz64r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

We have labeled this textile object (which is a "manta," in Spanish) as a nacazminqui, given the published description of it. It is square. On the top and right is a red, black, and white border that appears to have small, starry eyes. The rest of the cloth includes a triangle of black and a triangle of a yellowish-tan color.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss 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: 

Stephanie Wood


telas, mantas, diseños, triángulos, ojos

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

nacazminqui, a special cloak, diagonally divided, black and yellow, and with a red border,
nacaz(tli), ear, corner, or the side of something,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

(una manta con un diseño especial)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 64 recto,, image 138 of 188.

Image Source, Rights: 

Original manuscript is held by the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1; used here with the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0)