tepoztli (Mdz5v)

tepoztli (Mdz5v)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for copper, metal, or hatchet (tepoztli) has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Cuauhximalpan, given that the metal hatchet is used in that compound glyph to show wood chipping/shaving (xima) or wood working. The hatchet here has a wooden (terracotta-colored), curved handle. The metal blade (possibly copper, but with a yellow color here) is tied onto the wood with what appears to be a white leather thong. The blade is narrow where it is attached to the wooden handle and flared at the sharp end. The tool is presented at an angle here, given that the original context involved chopping.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


tools, herramientas, hachas, metales, madera, tangas de cuero

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

el metal, el cobre

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 05 verso, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 21 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).