tlatecqui (Mdz70r)

tlatecqui (Mdz70r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography features a stone worker, glossed as lapidario in Spanish, which we have decided to call a (tlatecqui) in Nahuatl. In this example, the stone worker holds a tool and appears to be working with jade (chalchihuitl). The tool is in his right hand; it appears to be a knife and it is white. Two green jade beads are on the ground in front of him, strung with a red tie. In his left hand he holds a jade device that is green, red, and white. The man has tan-colored skin, and he wears what appear to be a white cotton cape and loincloth. He sits on a yellow woven reed (petlatl) seat. He appears in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. A turquoise-blue volute (a speech scroll) emerges from his mouth, which may suggest he isa master stone worker who teachers other this skill.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Shapes and Perspectives: 

oficios, jades, piedras, cortar, trabajadores indígenas

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 70 recto,, image 150 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)