Tlalli (MH619v)

Tlalli (MH619v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tlalli ("Land" or "Agricultural Parcel," attested here as a man's name) shows a rough square with a horizontal line near the top and lots of dots in both sections of the parcel (tlalli). Many see these markings on the land as evidence of seeds planted, or in other words, cultivation.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Tlalli was a common name in Huexotzinco in 1560. We have many glyphs with some variations that show this name, and they all differ considerably from the tlalli glyphs in the Codex Mendoza from c. 1541. See below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juā tlalli

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Tlalli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


lands, parcels, tierras, agricultura, tenencia de la tierra, terrenos, sementeras

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

Sementera o Parcela

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 619v, World Digital Library,

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library; used here with the Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0).

Historical Contextualizing Image: