tizatl (Mdz52r)

tizatl (Mdz52r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for chalk (tizatl) has been carved from the compound glyph of the place name, Tlaltizapan. The component that refers to chalk has a white background and black dots. It fills a shape similar to the shape of a tepetl (hill or mountain).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

While this sign for chalk has a hill or mountain shape (something like tepetl, the black dots on a white background can take other shapes in other compounds where it appears. There are several chalk-related glyphs in this collections, as our attestations show. It is also worth noting that sand (xalli) can be confused with tizatl, both with its colorless and dotted effect and its ability to take various shapes. The color white fills a hill or mountain shape in a similar way in the compound Iztac Tlalocan elsewhere in this collection.

Added 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

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

SVG of Glyph: 
SVG Image, Credit: 

Crystal Boulton-Scott made the SVG.

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 


Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

la tiza

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 52 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 114 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).