teocalli (TR41v)

teocalli (TR41v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This iconographic example of a teocalli (a type of temple) is included here for the purpose of making comparisons to glossed glyphs of teocalli. This one is not glossed, hence we are including it as iconography rather than a hieroglyph. But it is remarkably like the glyphs that appear below. Similar is the way there is a building on top of a stepped pyramid. This one appears in a frontal view and has an open entryway. The entrance is framed by wooden beams painted red. Only the lower ends of the vertical beams are painted black, and they sit on stone blocks. The thatched roof has raised portions on the left and right ends, and a higher raised portion in the middle.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Glossed glyphs for teocalli, shown below, typically also have stepped pyramids with a building on top, and the roof can be thatched, but some have other designs. Many are shown in profile. The frontal views of earlier glyphs seem to appear when there is a need to show two temples together. There is some contrast in glossed teopan (another type of temple) glyphs. These are far less likely to have a building at the top of the stairs.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


templos, edificios religiosos, pirámides, escaleras, techos de paja, iconografía

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

el templo, la pirámide

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 41 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection, https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8458267s/f108.item.zoom

Image Source, Rights: 

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