Tlalli (MH644r)

Tlalli (MH644r)
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 (with dots perhaps suggesting that it is seeded) and the bottom half is black. The differences may suggest parceling and/or different crops being grown on the land.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Tlalli was a fairly common name for Nahua men in the Huexotzinco region, but the glyph could vary. Some are square, some are round. These all very considerably from the iconography for tlalli in the Codex Mendoza of almost two decades earlier.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

diego tlalli

Gloss Normalization: 

Diego 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


tierras, sementeras

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

tla(li), piece of land, cultivated field,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 644r, 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: