Toliman (Mdz40r)

Toliman (Mdz40r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph stands for the place name Toliman. It consists of four upright green, yellow, and white reeds (tollin). They are connected by a white horizontal base. A left hand (maitl)], painted a terracotta-orange, is grabbing onto the reed from the far left.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The hand could also be in the act of taking tules, with the glyph employing the verb ma, to take. The hand could also provide the phonetic clue for the locative suffix -mān ("where there are"). Other place names ending in -man can be located using the Advanced Search, asking to see glyph names ending in "man." The final "i" in the gloss for this particular glyph may also point to the verb mani, to be located somewhere. Or, the confusion with the gloss may be owing to this place name having an Otomí origin, Ntolimä. Today, Tolimán is in the state of Querétaro.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Tolliman, pueblo

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 
Other Cultural Influences: 

hands, arms, manos, brazos, tules

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 40 recto,, image 90 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).