Pazolco (MdelV16r)

Pazolco (MdelV16r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Pazolco shows a building with a briarpatch (pazolli) on top. The briar patch is a cluster of upright, wavy lines. If it were not for the manuscript conveying the name of the place, one might read these lines as flames and curls of smoke. The building below the briarpatch may be a tecpan, the ruling palace at the heart of the town. If so, it could serve as a place holder for the locative suffix (-co), "at." The building is in a rectangular C shape. It has an inner lining and two sets of paired horizontal lines on the left side.

Description, Credit: 

Robert Haskett

Added Analysis: 

The building shape is similar to what artists used for calli elsewhere in this collection of manuscripts. It differs somewhat from the building shape found in the Codex Mendoza (see below). It is unclear whether this building is being shown in a bird's eye view, or whether it is shown in a profile view.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Robert Haskett

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Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 


Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Robert Haskett

Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1564

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Cuernavaca area

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Robert Haskett

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

buildings, edificios, zarzales, briarpatch

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

En el Zarzal

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Códice Marquesado del Valle, Archivo General de la Nación, Ramo Hospital de Jesús leg. 276, exp. 78, folio 16 recto.

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.

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