xihuitl (Mdz2r)

xihuitl (Mdz2r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for the color turquoise (xihuitl) has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Xiuhcac.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The turquoise color (xihuitl) is contained within a shoe or sandal (cactli), which is the other element of the compound sign from which this atomic is drawn. Color names typically fill an object, such as a mountain, in the case of the color white iztac, or at least a rectangle, as in the case of coztic.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


colors, turquoise, blues, aquamarine

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

the turquoise color

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el color de turquesa

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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).