Otlatitlan (Mdz46r)

Otlatitlan (Mdz46r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Otlatitlan includes two prominent visual components. One is the stalk of bamboo or cane called otlatl). A full set of teeth, with jaw, protrude from the stalk, in profile, facing to the viewer's left. These teeth do not have a semantic value, they provide the phonetic element for the locative suffix (-tlan) (by, among, telling where).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Gordon Whittaker (Deciphering Aztec Hieroglyphs, 2021, 102) has discovered that the somewhat often a full set of teeth (top and bottom) are used, as here, when there is a ligature (-ti-) implied before the locative suffix -tlan.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

otla titlan/puo

Gloss Normalization: 

Otlatitlan, pueblo

Gloss 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

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

bamboo, cane, reeds, teeth, bambú, caña, carrizo, dientes

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

otla(tl), bamboo, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/otlatl
-tlan (locative suffix), by or among (a place), https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tlan

Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

"Among the Bamboo" (Whittaker, 2021, 102); "Among Much Bamboo" (Berdan and Anawalt, 1992, 196)

Whittaker's Transliteration: 


Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 46 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 102 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).