coltic (Mdz20r)

coltic (Mdz20r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for the adjective (coltic) (bent) has been carved from the compound place name, Colhuacan. It consists of a bent top that is part of a hill. The top of the hill actually curls.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

See some additional curving or coiling objects below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Normalization: 

Colhuatzinco, pueblo

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

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


bends, curves, corvado, enrollado

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

col(li), something bent, curved,
Colhua, people of Colhuacan,
Colhuacan, a place name,
-hua- (possessor suffix for nouns),
-tzinco (locative suffix), little, lower, or new (place),
-tzin (reverential suffix),

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

"Nuevo Culhuacan"

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 20 recto,, image 50 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).