Nanacatepec (HJ276:79:pt3:242r)

Nanacatepec (HJ276:79:pt3:242r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a compound place glyph for Nanacatepec. It consists of a black and white drawing of a hill or mountain (tepetl) crowned with two mushrooms (nanacatl), with the locative suffix -c not represented visually, but perhaps the landscape provides a semantic locative. The glyph uses the reduplication of the mushrooms to underline the double nana element in the name.

Description, Credit: 

Robert Haskett

Added Analysis: 

This compound place name glyph appears on a pictorial manuscript submitted by indigenous petitioners on or around October 24, 1549, as evidence during a land dispute between the Cuernavacan community of Tetela and the Marquesado del Valle over the alleged usurpation seventeen years previously of a parcel of community land by the Marqués who, according to several witnesses, had planted the property with sugar cane (see Historical Context Image). One of the pictorials found in the so-called Códice del Marquesado del Valle, it pictures the place glyph on the parcel near a rendition of a cane plant on its left side and a body of water (probably an irrigation canal) on its right. For more information, consult Von Mentz, Cuauhnahuac, 2008, 472; Códices indígenas de algunos pueblos del Marquesado, 1933 and 1883, “Códice núm. 27; and Santiago Sánchez, Códices del Marquesado del Valle, 2003, 200-204.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Robert Haskett

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

[ciertas] pedaços de tierra que se dizen na

Gloss Normalization: 

ciertas pedazos de tierra que se dicen Nanacatepec

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Robert Haskett

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Tetela, Cuernavaca, Morelos.

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Robert Haskett

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

place names, nombres de lugares, mushrooms, hongos, hills, mountains, sierra, montañas, cerros, xiuhpohualli, año, turquesa, xihuitl

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

Single-page codex, Archivo General de la Nación, México, Ramo de Hospital de Jesús, leg. 276, Exp. 79, pt. 3, fol. 242r.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Archivo General de la Nación (AGN), México, holds the original manuscript. This image is published here under a Creative Commons license, asking that you cite the AGN and this Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs.

Historical Contextualizing Image: