tepetl (CQ)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for a mountain or hill (tepetl) has been carved from the compound glyph for the place name Ecatepec in the Codex Quetzalecatzin. It is a very rounded bell shape, painted greenish brown, and it has a horizontal unpainted rectangle near the bottom of the hill.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Compare this tepetl with those from the Codex Mendoza, which have red and yellow horizontal lines where this one had a thicker white rectangle. But this would still be the site of passage into the underworld or the emergence of spring water onto the earth.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

covers ruling men and women of Tecamachalco through 1593

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

southern Puebla state

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Other Cultural Influences: 

hills, mountains, cerros, montañas

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

el cerro, o la montaña

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, aka Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, Codex Ehecatepec-Huitziltepec, or Charles Ratton Codex. Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017590521/

Image Source, Rights: 

The Library of Congress, current custodian of this pictorial Mexican manuscript, hosts a digital version on line. It is not copyright protected.

Historical Contextualizing Image: