tamalli (Mdz68r)

tamalli (Mdz68r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography is provided here for making comparisons with hieroglyphs that contain "tamal" or "tamalli." We have named this example "tamalli," being the Nahuatl version of the Spanish-language gloss, tamales. The tamales in this example are in a basket. They are white, and they have a curve on the end that suggests they are wrapped or rolled. The small curving line is something like the short (somewhat straighter) line on the cacahuatl, so it is important not to confuse the two. (See below.)

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis, Credit: 

The various tamales in this collection range in their design. See below for some other, later examples.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content & Iconography: 

tamal, tamales, tributos, tributes, food, comida, maize, maíz, cesto, canasta, tejido

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 68 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., Image 146 of 188.

Image Source, Rights: 

Original manuscript is held by the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1; used here with the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0)