nenecuilli (Mdz24v)

nenecuilli (Mdz24v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for something bent or twisted (nenecuilli) stands for the place name, Anenecuilco. It shows a bend in a river or stream of water. The water is blue, with black lines of current, a swirl, and splashes with white water droplets/beads and white turbinate shells at the tips.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The bent thing in this context is a course of water. The noun nenecuilli comes from the verb, necuiloa, with an added reduplication of the first syllable.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


bent, twisted, displaced, water, shells

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

twisted, displaced

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

algo torcido

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 24 verso,, image 59 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).