teocalli (Mdz2r)

teocalli (Mdz2r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography is meant to provide another comparison for the teocalli building found in hieroglyphs. This one has what appears to be a green thatched roof, walls with upright wooden planks, but the usual lintel and doorway construction. The teocalli here has the entrance facing the viewer, which is not always the case.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The construction of this teocalli is a bit different from the teocalli of the hieroglyphs, perhaps because the artist who drew and painted this one is not the same tlacuilo who made the glyphs. The teocalli on folio 5 verso has a thatched roof, but it is a golden or yellow color. In the glyphs, the teocalli can typically be found on top of a stepped, pyramid-like construction.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Xitlali Torres

Shapes and Perspectives: 

thatch, buildings, edificios, temples, templos

Museum & Rare Book Comparisons: 
Museum/Rare Book Notes: 

The stepped building on the right hand side of this bas relief stela, the Estela de Huitzuco, made of carved andesite (volcanic stone) is said to be a teocalli in the museum signage. The human figures to the left are said to be two priests heading toward the temple. The superstructure on this teocalli appears to have some thatch, such as the simple glyph of a teocalli, above. But the building in the glyph lacks the typical steps of a teocalli, which are included in this bas relief. Photo by Rebecca Horn, 13 August 2023 in the Museo de Escultura Mexica in Santa Cecelia Acatitlan, in the region of Tlalnepantla, Mexico City.

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el templo

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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).