This example of a(tl) (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.
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.
una pieça grandi de ambar claro del tamaño de un ladrillo
una pieza grande de ambar claro del tamaño de un ladrillo
c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest
a(tl), water, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/atl
quiyahuitl, rain, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/quiyahuitl
cuechtli, turbinate shell, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/quiyahuitl
Codex Mendoza, folio 47 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 104 of 188.
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)