nahuatl (Mdz7v)

nahuatl (Mdz7v)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for speech (nahuatl) or the verb "to speak" (nahua) has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Cuauhnahuac. It shows a mouth carved in a terracotta-colored tree trunk, and from the tree's mouth a speech scroll emerges, curl side down, and going in the direction of the viewer's left.

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 & Iconography: 

speech, language, speak, hablar, lenguaje, idiomas, cerca de

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 07 verso,, image 25, 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).