Cuauhnepantepec (TR28r)

Cuauhnepantepec (TR28r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph of the place name Cuauhnepantepec has three elements. One of the most prominent is a neat pile of firewood (cuahuitl), which provide the start to the place name, Cuauh- (which in a place name probably means "woods"). Above the wood is a checked rectangle. Perhaps this stands for the nepantla (in the middle, in between). Finally, the upright, bell-shaped, green hill or mountain provides the phonetic indicator for the locative suffix, -tepec, at or on the hill. The hill has curly rocky outcroppings on the slopes and a horizontal white band at the base. The resulting place name in English translation might be "At the Mountain in the Middle of the Woods."

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Cuauhnepantepetl (or, better, Cuauhnepantepec)

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

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

En la Montaña en Medio del Bosque

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 28 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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