tzacualli (Mdz6r)

tzacualli (Mdz6r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for tzacualli (a type of pyramid) has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Tzacualpan. The base is a thin, horizontal rectangle, the widest of the group. Above that are four more rectangles, that get less wides as they go up. They are drawn in black ink and left white or natural in color.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The tzacualli is similar in the Codex Mendoza to the tetelli, but differs from the teopan. Presumably, all could be religious architecture, although the teopan has the "teo" element for divinity. (See below, right.)

Added 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

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

pyramids, temples, pirámides, templo

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

el pirámide

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 6 recto,, image 22, 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).