Tecpan (Mdz32r)

Tecpan (Mdz32r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph stands for the place name, Tecpan. It can double as a glyph for the building, which has the same name. This building is shown in profile, facing to our right. It is basically a cal(li), but it has an important decoration along the top, just under the roof ledge. This decoration consists of four white circles on a black background. Each one also has a concentric black center. Terracotta-colored beams in the shape of a "T" hold up the roof overhang.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The town of this name (Tecpan) must have been the site of an important ruling palace (tecpan). A ruling palace in the state of Oaxaca that retains a circular pattern along its roof line is today called the Casa de la Cacica. Here is a detail of one of the circles.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
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


palaces, palacios

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 32 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 74 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).