Tequemecan (Mdz20r)

Tequemecan (Mdz20r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Tequemecan includes two components, a stone (tetl) and a ritual chest garment (quemitl). The locative suffix -can is not shown visually. The tetl in this case is largely vertical, with its curling ends at the top and bottom. It has the typical alternating, wavy purple and orange coloring. The quemitl is white, trapezoidal, and has a tie along the top line. The bottom edge appears to be fringed somewhat. It may be cloth or paper.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Sometimes a quemitl comprises feathers, but this one appears to be white cotton cloth or paper. The fact that we have two examples whereby the quemitl covers a face and a rock suggests that the quemitl could be used for more than a chest garment. It could be a covering.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

tequemecan. puo

Gloss Normalization: 

Tequemecan, 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: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

ritual bibs, ritual garments

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 20 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 50 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).