milli (TR41v)

milli (TR41v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

We have labeled this iconographic example a "milli" (planted field) based on the Spanish gloss, "sembradas" (plantings). In the records of hieroglyphs in this collection, the milli and the tlalli look very much alike (see below). The rows of alternating colors of dark gray and a terracotta color with dots (probably indicating seeds) and U-shapes (perhaps marks from the digging stick) are generally interpreted to be signs of cultivation. This milli has rows of dots and shows, but, in addition, it has tripartite green plants with white bases. The presence of plants in three organized rows clearly underlines the presence of cultivation. Interestingly, the land is shown in a bird's eye view, but the plants are shown in a frontal-elevation view.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

la milpa

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 41 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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