Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for the place name Cuezcomatitlan doubles for our entry, cuezcomatl (maize storage container). The container sits on what may be a horizontal wooden plank, and below that, two stones that keep it off the ground. The storage container is purple and rounded, and it has two horizontal lines across its body. A lid is not visible. The stones have alternating, wavy, orange and purple lines.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Syntax (patterns): 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


maize, corn, maíz, storage, almacenes, cuezcomates, cuexcomates

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

-tlan (locative suffix), place,

Image Source: 
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)