Teocinyocan (Mdz49r)

Teocinyocan (Mdz49r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Teocinyocan includes two obvious elements, a half-circle representing divine force(s) (teotl) and a pair of (dried) corn cobs (cintli). The sign for divine things is reminiscent of a half sun here. It has points and concentric circles, and it bears many colors (yellow, red, turquoise, green, and white). The maize cobs have green leaves wrapping them at their base. One is red with a yellow tassel, and the other is yellow with a red tassel. Each one has two black, parallel, vertical lines drawn on the face of the cobs. The -yo- and -can are not represented visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The teo- start to the place name could be redundant if the maize shown is already meant to read teocintli and not just cintli.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

teoçiocan. pu

Gloss Normalization: 

Teocinyocan, pueblo

Gloss 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

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

mazorca, elote, maize, maíz, divinidades, deidades

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

teo(tl), divine force(s), https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/teotl
cin(tli), dried ears of maize, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/cintli
teocin(tli), early maize plant, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/teocintli
-yo(tl)-, having that characteristic or quality/inalienable possession, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/yotl
-can (locative suffix), https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/can-2

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 49 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 108 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).