Macuilxochic-Cuauhquechollan (Mdz42r)

Macuilxochic-Cuauhquechollan (Mdz42r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Macuilxochic-Cuauhquechollan shows a large eagle (cuauhtli) with a cuauhpilolli pendant on its head. The attention to the feathers that were used for making the pendant may be there to indicate that this is a cuauhquecholli, the term for an eagle with rich feathers. The bird is shown in profile, facing to the viewer's right. On the right of the bird is a mountain or hill (tepetl) serving as a visual locative, standing in for the locative suffix -tlan (or -lan, here, following a stem ending in "l"), which is not shown. At the top of the tepetl is the day sign xochitl (flower) with the numerical notation for the number five (macuilli), resulting in the placer name Macuilxochic.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City


Cuauhquecholan, Quauhquecholan, Quauhquechulan, Cuauhquechulan

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 42 recto,, image 94 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).