nochtli (Mdz19r)

nochtli (Mdz19r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This glyphic elements has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Tenochtitlan. We have cut away the stone at the base of the cactus. The nochtli refers to the fruit atop the prickly pear cactus. The cactus plant is green with spines of red and white. The fruit is bulb-shaped and has a blossom at the top. The fruit is green, and the blossom above it is red and yellow.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The entire nopalli plant will often substitute for the fruit as the visual for nochtli.

Added 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: 
Shapes and Perspectives: 
Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 19 recto,, image 48 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).