tlaahuilia (Mdz27r)

tlaahuilia (Mdz27r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name, Tlaahuililpan, doubles as a glyph for the verb tlaahuilia, to water something. In this case the concept is that a ceramic, terracotta jug full of turquoise-blue water is tipping over to irrigate a land parcel. The parcel (a tlalli, milli, or the like) has the typical segmentation, with parts that are purple and parts that are terracotta-colored. It shows texturing (dots and tipped-over U-shapes) that suggests agriculture.

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


water, shells, caracoles, jarra de agua, riego, agricultura, parcelas, terrenos, tierras, cantaros

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

regar algo

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 27 recto,, image 64 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).