Zacatepec (Mdz16r)

Zacatepec (Mdz16r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Zacatepec includes two principal features. One comprises the five, feathery, yellow grasses (zacatl) that were used for fodder and other purposes. The grasses grow on a hill or mountain (tepetl). Three are on the top of the mountain and two are in the middle. The mountain or hill is the standard, two-tone green, bell shape, with curling rocky outcroppings on the slopes and a horizontal strips or fed and one of yellow near the base.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The hill or mountain (tepetl) completes the phonetic components of the place name, while doubling as an indication of the location. The locative suffix (-c) (as given in the gloss) is not shown visually, but it combines with -tepe- to form -tepec, a visual locative suffix meaning "on the hill" or "on the mountain."

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Zacatepec, 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: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

hills, mountains

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

-tepec, on the hill or mountain, 

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 16 recto,, image 42 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).

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