Yancuictlan (Mdz43r)

Yancuictlan (Mdz43r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Yancuictlan has two parts. The top part is a white rectangle, seemingly a piece of fine, new cloth, meant to convey the word yancuic, new. The white rectangle is a simple black-line drawing, with another rectangle inside it. The other principal component is a pair of upper front teeth, white with red gums. The word for teeth (tlantli) provides the phonetic value -tlan (place), for the locative suffix.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The reading of "fine cloth" draws from Brotherston and Brokaw's reading of a similar rectangle in the glyph for Teteotlan on folio 46 recto. See their book Footprints through Time: Mexican Pictorial Manuscripts (Bloomington, Indiana, 1997). See also some other glyphs for types of textiles, below.

The contemporary spelling of this town is Yanhuitlan; it is in the state of Morelos.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Yancuictlan, pueblo (Yanhuitlan, today)

Gloss 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

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

new, nuevo, telas, fabric, tooth, teeth, dientes

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

Codex Mendoza, folio 43 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 96 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).