ocelotl (Mdz20r)

ocelotl (Mdz20r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This iconographic example of a warrior outfit is meant to provide a comparison here to glyphic representations of jaguar skins, which here are clearly yellow with black spots.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Many people confuse the translation of ocelotl with ocelot. But the term ocelotl, in Nahuatl, more typically referred to the jaguar. The jaguar is the Felis onca, and the ocelot is the Felis pardalis.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 20 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 50 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).

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