atlauhtli (Mdz32r)

atlauhtli (Mdz32r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

The compound glyph for the place name Tlalatlauhco here doubles as the element for ravine (atlauhtli). It would be difficult to cut out and isolate the ravine part of the compound. This atlauhtli, in contrast to some others (below, right), is horizontal, with a V-shaped opening on its side, with water coming out. The land (tlalli)--with its purple color and texturing with dots and sideways u's--is emphasized and not easily extracted, either.

Gloss Image: 
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


ravines, barrancos, quebradas

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 32 recto,, image 74 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).

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