ce zotl tilmatli (T1871:1)

ce zotl tilmatli (T1871:1)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography is glossed as ce zotl tilmatli (regularizing the gloss). This is one piece of cloth that is a cloak or could be made into a cloak. A zotl can also be a measure equivalent to one quarter of a Spanish pierna (literally, a "leg," which is a reference to its length). The cloth is shown to have more length than width, being a narrow rectangle. It has no pattern or coloring, being neutral, the same color as the paper upon which it has been drawn.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This is a tribute item. The pairing of two nouns such as zotl and tilmatli may be a diphrasism. If so, the zotl (piece of cloth) is reinforcing the tilmatli (which is also a piece of cloth, even if it is also a garment). See the element below for a zotl tribute cloth with a bone (needle?) penetrating it. Alternately, the term zotl may be a reference to the size of the cloak.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

çe çotl tilmatli

Gloss Normalization: 

ce zotl tilmatli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

tributos, telas, tilmas

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

una tilma de un cuarto de pierna, o una tela-tilma, o una tela para hacer tilma

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Single-page codex, Archivo General de la Nación, México, Ramo de Tierras, vol. 1871, exp. 1, fol. 28r.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Archivo General de la Nación (AGN), México, holds the original manuscript. This image is published here under a Creative Commons license, asking that you cite the AGN and this Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs.