tamazolin (Mdz43r)

tamazolin (Mdz43r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

The simplex glyph for the place name Tamazollan doubles as a glyph for toad (tamazolin). The locative -tlan (which becomes -lan following a stem ending in l) is not represented visually. It is a toad with a very bumpy exterior. It is painted turquoise. It faces to the viewer's right, shown in profile. Its eye is open.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Toads could be startling in some circumstances, such as one finds in our dictionary in the seventeenth-century example from Tlaxcala, when a deceased person was put in a pipe with snakes, toads, a rooster, a cat, and other animals, or when three frightening toads emerged from the mouth of a Nahua woman who was confessing her sins (and then went back in!), as described in the Promptuario manual Mexicano published by Ignacio de Paredes in 1759, 216. There was also a divinity with the name Tamazolin according to Antonio Peñafiel, Nombres geográficos de México (1885), 172, and some people bore the name, such as the son of a lord named Ocelotl (Jaguar), according to the Colección de documentos para la historia de México (1866), 348.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

toads, sapos

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

toad or frog

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el sapo

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 43 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 96 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).

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