tlaxcalli (Mdz66r)

tlaxcalli (Mdz66r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography shows a black-line drawing of a tortilla, which we are labeling (tlaxcalli). It could well be a hieroglyph, but since we do not have a Nahuatl-language gloss for it in this case, we are considering it iconographic. It is shared here as a comparison for tortillas in hieroglyphs and for the way it is textured. It has the hash marks of parallel, vertical, short black lines. These also appear on some other tortillas in the Codex Mendoza, and the same or similar hash marks appears on the corn cobs associated with the images of cintli, dried maize, and on the agricultural tool, the huictli.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

For comparison with a hieroglyph, see the tortilla in the place name Tlaxcalla (also from the Codex Mendoza), below.

Added 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 & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


tortillas, comidas, maíz, maize, corn

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

la tortilla

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 66 recto,, image 142 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)