Tlallachco (Mdz32r)

Tlallachco (Mdz32r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph standing for the place name Tlallachco has two principal visual features. It consists of ball court (tlachtli), which is in the shape of an uppercase i lying on its side. This court is painted as though it is agricultural land (tlalli), purple in color and textured with dots and u-shapes on their sides, open to our left. The tlachtli is outlined in yellow. The locative suffix (-co) is not shown visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This ball court is seen from a birdseye view. Ball courts can vary in color, but across the Codex Mendoza they do hold this shape of a capital "i" on its side (see below, right).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Tlallachco, 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): 

land, lands, parcels, agriculture, balls, ballcourts, ball courts, game fields, pelotas, juegos, agricultura, parcelas, tierras

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 32 recto,, image 74 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).