xalli (CQ)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for sand (xalli) has been carved from the place name Xalticpac, where it was filling a rectangular shape. It is a collection of black dots.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

As other examples will show (below), xalli typically fills a space in a hieroglyph. If there is no logical space to fill, the tlacuilos would often form a circular shape of the dots.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

covers ruling men and women of Tecamachalco through 1593

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

southern Puebla state

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Other Cultural Influences: 
Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

la arena

Image Source: 

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, aka Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, Codex Ehecatepec-Huitziltepec, or Charles Ratton Codex. Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017590521/

Image Source, Rights: 

The Library of Congress, current custodian of this pictorial Mexican manuscript, hosts a digital version online. It is not copyright protected.

Historical Contextualizing Image: