Zacatl Tlacomolli (CQ)

Zacatl Tlacomolli (CQ)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

According to the gloss, this example of iconography of a landscape feature, Zacatl Tlacomolli ("Grassy Gully") shows grasses (zacatl) growing in a pit or gully (tlacomolli). The grasses are short, upright, black lines. The pit is not obvious, and the three cacti above the grasses would appear to be irrelevant to the place name (but add semantic value to the nature of the landscape).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

While we are including this as iconography, rather than hieroglyphic writing, Zacatl Tlacomolli seems to be a toponym. Note how different this zacatl is from the examples in the Codex Mendoza. This grass may show more Spanish stylistic influence.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

çacatl tlacomolli

Gloss Normalization: 

zacatl tlacomolli

Gloss 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

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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

places, lugares, names, nombres, cacti, cactus, grasses, zacates

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

zaca(tl), grasses, hay,
tlacomol(li), pit, hole in the ground,
, in the gully,

Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

Ofelia Cruz Morales traduce: "El Hoyo del Pasto" • P[ueblo] Zacatl Tlacomolli “The Grassy Ravine” Matthew T. McDavitt, “Placenames in the Codex Quetzalecatzin,” unpublished essay shared 2-21-2018.

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

El Barranco del Zacate

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, aka Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, Codex Ehecatepec-Huitziltepec, or Charles Ratton Codex. Library of Congress.

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: