tlazotl (Mdz17v)

tlazotl (Mdz17v)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for something perforated or pierced (tlazotl) has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Zozollan. What is being pierced here appears to be a white, rectangular cloth covered with lavender upright u-shapes. What is piercing the item is a sharp bone, angled on the diagonal of the square. It is white or natural in color.

Description, 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


sewing, piercing, perforating, perforando, la costura

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 17 verso,, image 45 of 188.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, hold the original manuscript, the MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1. This image is published here under the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0).