tecpantli (Mdz19r)

tecpantli (Mdz19r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This iconographic material has been extracted from the tributes listed on folio 19r of the Codex Mendoza. It is one white flag of a pair of flags, and the gloss gives "xl" (i.e. 40, in Roman numerals), which means each flag stands for the number 20.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The pantli and the panitl (or pamitl) can look the same in our visual collection. We are calling it pantli here because of its use as the number 20 in this case.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content & Iconography: 

flags, furrows, twenty, veinte, banderas, 20, numbers, números, cempohualli

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

tecpan(tli), a unit of 20, such as lines or furrows, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/pantli

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 19 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 48 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).