Cuauhnahuac (Mdz7v)

Cuauhnahuac (Mdz7v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Cuauhnahuac includes two main elements, a tree (cuahuitl) and a speech (nahuatl) scroll coming out of a mouth imbedded in the tree trunk. The locative suffix (-c) is not shown visually. The tree has two branches and a leader, with a terracotta-colored trunk and foliage in two tones of green. It also has red rurling roots. The open mouth is on the left side of the trunk, and the curling speech scroll is a turquoise blue, emerging as though the tree were facing to the viewer's left.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The speech scroll provides zero meaning to the reading of the glyph, but it does have a phonetic role, standing for the homophonic locative suffix (-nahuac), which means nearby.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Cuauhnahuac, pueblo

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City


árboles, raíces, volutas

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 07 verso,, image 25, 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).