tecciztli (TK21r)

tecciztli (TK21r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography shows a tribute cloth with the elaborate design of a cross-section of what we presume is a conch shell (tecciztli). The shell is white with a green tie and a red background. A gold border goes around the red rectangle that comprises the cloth. It would appear that this textile is meant to capture a necklace with a shell pendant.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

las mantas de pluma

Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1556

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Tepetlaoztoc, east of Lake Tetzcoco

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


shells, conchas, caracoles, plumas, mantas, tributos, collares, necklaces, pendants, tecciz

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

tecciz(tli), conch shell from the sea, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tecciztli

Image Source: 

The Codex Kingsborough, also known as the Códice de Tepetlaoztoc, and the Memorial de los indios de Tepetlaoztoc, is not on display. It was transferred from the British Library and is now held by the British Museum. It is shared on line at, https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/E_Am2006-Drg-13964. Image 40. In Perla Valle's pagination of 1992, this is f. 21, lam. A (i.e. f. 21r.).

Image Source, Rights: 

©The Trustees of the British Museum. Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)