tozan (TR41v)

tozan (TR41v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This painting of the simplex glyph for the noun tozan ("gopher") shows n animal in profile, facing the viewer's right, and painted dark gray or black. Its visible white eye is open, and its tongue is hanging out. Protruding teeth are visible. Its hooves are white. Its front two legs are elevated, as though it is in motion. The gopher's tail sticks out horizontally behind it.

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


mice, ratones, cultivos dañados, sembrados comidos

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


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 41 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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