tequi (Mdz71r)

tequi (Mdz71r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for the noun ichtecqui, thief, actually depicts a cutting action (tequi, the verb meaning to cut) that involves a curved, black flint blade. The blade appears to be cutting off some hair from a tzontli pony tail. A pair of front teeth are faintly visible at the top of the tzontli, as though the artist/writer was originally going to create a glyph that would involve the locative suffix -tlan (from tlantli, teeth). This glyph involves black line drawings without any added color.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

For a photo of an impressive cache of worked obsidian, from c. 1400 in Tlatelolco, see this INAH link.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

ladrón (thief, in English)

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 71 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 152 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)