tlantli (CM18)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This elements has been carved from the place name Tollan in the Codex Mexicanus. It shows teeth (tlantli), which provide the phonetic value for the locative suffix -tlan. Here, we see four white teech set in dark pink gums that appear below the teeth, suggesting that their location is on the lower jaw.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This orientation of the teeth in the lower jaw is somewhat different from many other visuals for the phonetic element -tlan in a wide range of codices. Furthermore, four is twice the standard number for showing front teeth. But we also do see upper and lower teeth together in some examples.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
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Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


place, locative, teeth

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

tooth, teeth

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el diente, los dientes, el lugar

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood