Ocelotepec (Mdz52r)

Ocelotepec (Mdz52r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Ocelotepec includes the head of a jaguar (ocelotl) on top of a hill or mountain (tepetl). The jaguar head is in profile, facing to our right. The top of the head is an orange-brown; the lower part and under the chin, the fur is white. The black spots vary in size, about the same size as the eye. The ears are standing up. The jaguar's eye is open, its red tongue is protruding, and it has white teeth that are visible. The locative suffix (-c) combines with the -tepe stem to give "on the hill" or "on the mountain."

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

oçelotepec. puo

Gloss Normalization: 

Ocelotepec, pueblo

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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

jaguars, mountains, hills, jaguares, montañas, cerros

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

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

Karttunen’s Interpretation: 

"On the Hill of the Jaguar" (not offering an alternative to Berdan and Anawalt) [Frances Karttunen, unpublished manuscript, used here with her permission.]

Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

"On the Hill of the Jaguar" (Berdan and Anawalt, 1992, vol. 1, p. )

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

"En el Cerro del Jaguar" o "En la Montaña del Jaguar"

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 52 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 114 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).