Ocelotepec (CQ)

Ocelotepec (CQ)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Ocelotepec ("On Jaguar Hill") consists of a jaguar (ocelotl) head in profile looking toward the viewer's right. This jaguar head is on top of a hill or mountain (tepetl). The hill is greenish, and the jaguar is a light brown with black spots.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This tepetl sign does not have the full bell shape. It does not have the horizontal line toward the bottom or the rocky outcroppings on the slopes. It is evolving toward a feature in a landscape painting; it is rather iconographic rather than glyphic, which is the case for several of the mountains that have glosses indicating (otherwise) that they are tepetl.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 


Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

covers ruling men and women of Tecamachalco through 1593

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

southern Puebla state

Semantic Categories: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 
Other Cultural Influences: 

place, lugar, name, nombre, jaguar

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

ocelo(tl), jaguar, //nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/ocelotl
tepe(tl), hill or mountain, //nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tepetl
-tepec, on the hill or mountain, //nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tepec

Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

P[ueblo] Ocelotl Tepec “On Jaguar Hill.” Matthew T. McDavitt, “Placenames in the Codex Quetzalecatzin,” unpublished essay shared 2-21-2018.

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

en el cerro del Jaguar

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Ofelia Cruz Morales

Image Source: 

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, aka Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, Codex Ehecatepec-Huitziltepec, or Charles Ratton Codex. Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017590521/

Image Source, Rights: 

The Library of Congress, current custodian of this pictorial Mexican manuscript, hosts a digital version online. It is not copyright protected.

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