Contla (MH526v)

Contla (MH526v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph of a ceramic jug (comitl) stands for the place name Contla, a place with abundant ceramic jugs or pots. The suffix -tla (place of abundance) is not shown visually. The dark shading on the right side of the jug gives it three-dimensionality, which suggests a stylistic European influence.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Notice how most pots in this collection do not have shading. Several examples of pots appear below.

The contextualizing image shows that this place is referred to as a barrio in Spanish.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

ceramics, pottery, cerámica, barro, jarras, jarros, cantaros, ollas

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

Contla (Lugar de Muchas Jarras)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 526v, World Digital Library,

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library; used here with the Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0).

Historical Contextualizing Image: