tenamitl (Mdz42r)

tenamitl (Mdz42r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for tenamitl (wall, ramparts, crenellation) has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Tetenanco. Three stepped roof decorations in turquoise blue and red stand alone here. Often, the band below this is included, and it would have four concentric circles.

Description, 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, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


walls, muros, cercas, tenantli, merlons, almenas

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

tenam(itl), wall, ramparts, crenellation, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tenamitl

Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 42 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 94 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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