yacatl (Mdz8r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for a nose (yacatl) has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Yacapichtlan. The nose, painted a terracotta color, is shown in profile, facing to the viewer's left.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This nose is not intended to convey any meaning about human anatomy other than that a nose is reminiscent of a point. But here, the landscape feature of importance is a ridge, point, or peak.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


noses, peaks, points, crests, ridges, narices, picos, puntas, crestas

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 8 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 25, 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).