Tecmilco (Mdz41r)

Tecmilco (Mdz41r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Tecmilco has two principal components, a diadem/crown {called the xiuhhuitzolli in Nahuatl] symbolizing a lord (tecuhtli) and an agricultural field (milli). The locative suffix (-co, "in" or "at") is not shown visually, but perhaps the landscape provides a semantic locative. The glyph for tecuhtli is a turquoise-colored diadem in profile, facing the viewer's right. It has a point at what would be the front. It has a red tie, probably a leather thong. The milli is a segmented horizontal rectangle, with the segments alternating in color between terracotta-orange and purple. Each segment is textured with sideways u's and dots. The locative suffix (-co) is not shown visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

One presumes the parcel of land was worked for the benefit of the tecuhtli. The texturing of the parcel suggests that it is agricultural land. The segmenting may suggest parcelling. The diadem (called a xiuhhuitzolli) regularly serves as the hieroglyph for the word "tecuhtli," given that is what a lord might wear.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Tecmilco, 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: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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

teuctli, lords, señores, diadems, diademas, parcelas, agricultura, teuctli

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 41 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 92 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).