Tenochtitlan (TR37r)

Tenochtitlan (TR37r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Tenochtitlan ("By the Rock Cactus"), the imperial capital city, shows a frontal view of a blooming, spiny, nopal cactus (nochtli) in multiple colors. The cactus is on a vertical stone (tetl), with its curling ends both up and down and its wavy, parallel lines of purple and terracotta cutting across the main part of the stone. The locative suffix (-titlan) is not shown visually in this compound.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The translation, "By the Rock Cactus," comes from Gordon Whittaker, Deciphering Aztec Hieroglyphs, 2021, 111.

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

ciudades, cities, capitals, nopales, piedras, altepetl

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

"By the Rock Cactus" [Gordon Whittaker, Deciphering Aztec Hieroglyphs, 2021, 111]. "Place of the Cactus Fruit on the Stone" [Jongsoo Lee, The Allure of Nezahualcoyotl, 2008, 258.]

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

En el Tunal de la Piedra

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Frances Karttunen

Image Source: 

The Codex Telleriano-Remensis is hosted on line by the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8458267s/f99.item. We have taken this detail shot from the indicated folio.

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is not copyright protected, but please cite Gallica, the digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France or cite this Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs, ed. Stephanie Wood (Eugene, Ore.: Wired Humanities Projects, 2020–present).