tzompantli (Mdz2r)

tzompantli (Mdz2r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This iconographic example of a skull rack (tzompantli) is provided here as a comparison for glyphs that capture the tzompantli. This example could be considered a glyph, but we do not have a gloss, so we are including it here as iconography. It looks much like the glyphs, with the rectangular wooden structure on a dark base and one skull over the horizontal post, in profile, looking toward the viewer's right.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Xitlali Torres

Shapes and Perspectives: 

muertes, muertos, calaveras, cabezas, estructuras, palos, plataformas

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