matlatl (Mdz10v)

matlatl (Mdz10v)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for a net (matlatl) has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Tolocan. The net has an oval frame attached to it, and a stick or handle, also connected to the frame. The assumption of wood comes from the terracotta color, often given to wooden things.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The net appears to be one for catching fish in a river, lagoon, or lake. This net is found in glyphs referring to Tolocan (modern Toluca), because the valley there had a large lagoon that used to be fished. The indigenous people there were also known as the Matlatzinca. For another image of a net, this one on a longer pole, see the Florentine Codex, Book I, folio 39 recto.

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, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Other Cultural Influences: 

nets, fishing

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


Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

la red

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 10 verso,, image 31 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).