huei atl (Mdz16r)

huei atl (Mdz16r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Hueiapan. It is a circle with wavy lines running through it, painted turquoise.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Without the flag (panitl) that was on top of this circle, it looks much like the huei atl) simplex glyph that stands on its own elsewhere in this collection (in the Codex Mendoza on folio 30 recto). The modifier "huei" refers to the large size of this body of water. The circular shape might suggest a large lake or pond, but it could also be the ocean.

Added 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


hueiatl, large body of water, lake, ocean, waters

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

large body of water

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el agua grande

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 16 recto,, image 42 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).