tecuhtli (Mdz17v)

tecuhtli (Mdz17v)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for lord (tecuhtli) features the diadem or crown (called a xiuhhuitzolli) that a male lord would wear. It has been carved from the compound glyph of the title, Tlacatecuhtli. This diadem is shown in profile, facing to the viewer's right. It is painted turquoise blue, it has a point at the top, and it has a red (possibly leather) tie where the back of the head would be.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The diadem (xiuhhuitzolli) does not play a phonetic role in the glyph name. It is symbolic of the title lord (tecuhtli). Its color, turquoise (xihuitl) enters into the construction of the name for the diadem.

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

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


diademas, diadems, crowns, coronas, lords, nobles, señores, teuctli

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

un señor

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 17 verso, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 45 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)