Capollan (CQ)

Capollan (CQ)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for the place name Capollan ("Near the Cherry Tree") shows a capolin (a local cherry-like tree). It has a long trunk (unpainted) and a clump of green foliage at the top mixed with small round fruits (left unpainted). The locative suffix (-tlan), which, when combined with the final "l" of the stem capol- becomes -lan, is not shown visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This tree, the capolin (also spelled capulin), has had medicinal uses, as shown in our Online Nahuatl Dictionary. It may have been prevalent in this place. The Codex Mendoza glyphs for capolin show the red fruit (below).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

capolla. s. pablo

Gloss Normalization: 

Capollan, San Pablo

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

covers ruling men and women of Tecamachalco through 1593

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

southern Puebla state

Semantic Categories: 
Syntax (patterns): 
Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Other Cultural Influences: 

trees, árboles, fruits, frutas, plants, plantas, places, lugares

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

capol(in), an Indigenous cherry tree,
-lan (from -tlan), next to, near,

Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

Capotlan S. Pablo “Among the Cherry Trees, S[an] Pablo.” Matthew T. McDavitt, “Placenames in the Codex Quetzalecatzin,” unpublished essay shared 2-21-2018.

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

El lugar del capulín

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Ofelia Cruz Morales

Image Source: 

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, aka Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, Codex Ehecatepec-Huitziltepec, or Charles Ratton Codex. Library of Congress.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Library of Congress, current custodian of this pictorial Mexican manuscript, hosts a digital version online. It is not copyright protected.

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