Tlalli (MH640v)

Tlalli (MH640v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black and white sketch of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tlalli ("Land" or "Agricultural Parcel") is a bird's eye view of a rectangular land parcel divided in half diagonally. The top half is white and the bottom half is gray with added dots (perhaps suggesting that is has been seeded). The variations between the halves may suggest parceling and/or different crops being grown on the land.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Tlalli is a popular name in this collection. The glyphs for tlalli can vary considerably, but especially between the style found in the Codex Mendoza and that of the Matrícula de Huexotzinco. The latter can be round or square and have different segmentation and evidence of cultivation.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 


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: 

La Tierra, o La Sementera

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 640v, 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).

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