quetzalli (Mdz43r)

quetzalli (Mdz43r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography shows a bundle of two-tone, upright, green quetzal feathers. The white cord tied around them is knotted in front. The bottoms of the feathers are white.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Below is a glyph showing a quetzal feather that is being released from the binding.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

quetzalli or quetzal

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: 

Stepbanie Wood


quetzales, quetzal feathers, plumas, atados, tied

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

quetzales (plumas)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 43 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 96 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-SA 3.0)