Tlalcozauhtitlan (Mdz40r)

Tlalcozauhtitlan (Mdz40r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph, representing the place name Tlalcozauhtitlan, has two visual components, tlalli (agricultural parcel) and cozahui (to turn yellow). The ligature (-ti-) and the locative (-tlan) are not represented visually, but perhaps the landscape provides a semantic locative. The tlalli has texturing with dots and sideways U-shapes or backwards C-shapes, but it does not have the usual segmentation.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The yellow color of the parcel here replaces the more typical alternating orange and purple divisions that run across a strip of land. Yellow land recalls, perhaps, the dry season, when the green grasses turn golden or a parcel lies fallow. It is typical here that we look down on the parcel from a birdseye view.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Tlalcozauhtitlan, pueblo

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 
Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 40 recto,, image 90 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).