quilitl (Mdz30r)

quilitl (Mdz30r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for quilitl) (edible herbs, wild greens), which entered Mexican Spanish as quelites, has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Tzihuinquilocan. We see two stems, each one with small leaves. Two shades of green are used, perhaps to convey three-dimensionality.

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 & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

herbs, greens, edible, hierbas comestibles

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

quili(tl), edible herbs and vegetables, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/quilitl

Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

comestible herbs

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

los quelites, las hierbas comestibles

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 30 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 70 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).