Tzompanco (Mdz24v)

Tzompanco (Mdz24v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the place name Tzompanco.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This compound glyph for the place name, Tzompanco, includes two principal elements, a tzontli, which translates as 400 or a bundle of four hundred pieces of grass or hair, and a flag, pantli. The locative suffix -co is not represented visually. The clump of hair appears at the top of the post holding the flag, and the hair stands straight up, perhaps meant to recall a head of hair. But the overall meaning might be, instead, a place with 400 flags.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

çompanco, puo

Gloss Normalization: 

Tzompanco, pueblo

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

flags, banners, four hundred

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 24 verso,, image 59 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).