otomitl (Mdz64r)

otomitl (Mdz64r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography provides a comparison for the glyphs for Otomí, an ethnic group. This person's skin is unusually dark, his hair is long, he has short bangs, a two-part yellow earring, a lock at the top of his head that is tied with a what is probably a red leather thong, and a lip ornament that appears to be a hanging bone. The man is only shown here from the chest upward. He is shown in profile, facing toward the viewer's right.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

While this person's appearance is very neat, there may still be hidden prejudices toward this person, who is from an identifiably different ethnicity.

Added 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

Other Cultural Influences: 

otomites, otomíes, otomies, etnicidades, otros

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

El Otomite

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 64 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., 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-SAq 3.0)