atl (Mdz47r)

atl (Mdz47r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of atl (water) is iconographic, not from a glyph. But this fact is not obvious, as the visual does not deviate from many known examples of water that are part of glyphs. The water here is largely horizontal, has black lines of current, and is painted turquoise. It was originally placed on top of a piece of ambar, and it was spilling off the right end. It has white droplets (reminiscent of the drops at the end of the rain, quiyahuitl, see below, right) or jade beads and a turbinate shell (resembling a cuechtli, see below, right) splashing off the stream, so typical of water.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The gloss actually does not mention water. The glos speaks about the impressive size of the piece of ambar (the size of a brick). Why the water is there is not clear.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

una pieça grandi de ambar claro del tamaño de un ladrillo

Gloss Normalization: 

una pieza grande de ambar claro del tamaño de un ladrillo

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

Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 
Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el agua

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 47 recto,, image 104 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-SAq 3.0)

Historical Contextualizing Image: