Tecoloapan (Mdz20r)

Tecoloapan (Mdz20r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Tecoloapan has two principal features, an owl (tecolotl) and a cut-away of a canal (apantli), which provides the phonetic value for the locative suffix -apan, on or at the waters of. The owl is just a head, looking directly at the viewer, with its eyes wide open and its rounded ears standing up. Its eyes are red and its beak is yellow. Its feathers are brown. The canal has a yellow liner on the bottoms and sides. The water is a typical turquoise blue with black, wavy, horizontal lines of varying thickness (with the two especially thick lines toward the middle), showing flow or current. White droplets/beads (with small, concentric circles) splash of the top of the water, typically.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Tecoloapan, 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): 

owls, tecolotes, buhos, agua

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 20 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 50 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).