centzontli (Mdz26r)

centzontli (Mdz26r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a rendition of the graphic representation for the number 400 (tzontli). It is a black-line drawing of what looks like a tree, upright, pointed, and spiky. Its central axis is thicker than its branches, which get shorter as they rise from bottom to top.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

There are various shapes given by different tlacuiloqueh (writers/painters) for tzontli. See below, right.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

cada una destas como es[-]
pigas / significa / quatro

Gloss Normalization: 

cada una de estas, como espigas, significa cuatrocientas

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 


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

cuatrocientos, 400

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 26 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 62 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-SA 3.0)

Historical Contextualizing Image: