Teotlalpan (Mdz51r)

Teotlalpan (Mdz51r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Teotlalpan has two principal components, divine or sacred force(s) (teotl) and land or agricultural parcel (tlalli). The teotl) glyph is in a half-circle and is painted multiple colors (red, green, yellow, white, and turquoise). The tlalli is a horizontal rectangle with alternating segments of purple and terracotta or orange, with texturing consisting of dots and u-shapes. We look down on the parcel from a bird's eye view.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The -pan locative suffix is either not shown visually, or it is implied by the placement of the symbol for divine force(s) on top of the land, given that -pan means "on." The main components do combine into a word of their own (teotlalli), referring to land of the temples and deities or, according to Alonso de Molina, valley land or unoccupied land that is flat and long, perhaps wilderness.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

teotlalpan. puo

Gloss Normalization: 

Teotlalpan, pueblo

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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

divinidad, tierras, parcelas

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 51 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 112 of 118.

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).