tepechtli (Mdz21v)

tepechtli (Mdz21v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for a foundation doubles as the glyphs for the place name, Tepechpan (which combines (tepechtli), stone foundation, with the locative suffix (-pan), indicated by the foot standing on the foundation. The locative suffix is not required for tepechtli, but it does convey the idea that the stone is something that serves as flooring. The partial leg and foot are upright and painted a terracotta color. The foundation is a wide horizontal stone, with the classic, alternating, wavy purple and terracotta colored lines. The curls at the top and bottom of the rock are typical of the iconography of stones and rocks (see below, right).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

foundation or flooring

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 21 verso, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 53 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).