quemitl (Mdz21v)

quemitl (Mdz21v)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Aztaquemeca. It shows a ritual or ceremonial bib with a horizontal tie at the top and two horizontal rows of long white feathers, four per row. These are apparently white heron (aztatl) feathers.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

ritual vestments, ritual bibs, feathers, adornment, pendants, quemetl

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

quemi(tl), a garment, ritual bib or vest, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/quemitl
tlaquemi(tl), a garment, ritual bib or vest, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tlaquemitl

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

prenda de pecho con plumas

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 21 verso, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 53 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).