Achiotlan (Mdz15v)

Achiotlan (Mdz15v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

The compound glyph for the place name Achiotlan consists of two parts, a bowl of achiotl) (achiote in Spanish, which is a red culinary spice) and two teeth with gums (tlantli), the phonetic indicator for the locative suffix, -tlan (place of). The achiote consists of small round red balls of the spice in a trapezoidal container that is colored terracotta.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

achiotlan. puo

Gloss Normalization: 

Achiotlan, pueblo

Gloss 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

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

seeds, foods, seasonings, spices

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Karttunen’s Interpretation: 

"Achiote Place" [Frances Karttunen, unpublished manuscript, used here with her permission.]

Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

"Where There is Much Achiotl" (Berdan and Anawalt, 1992, vol. 1, p. 168)

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

"El Lugar del Achiote"

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 15 verso,, image 41 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).