Chicuace Tecpatl (TR36r)

Chicuace Tecpatl (TR36r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This red and blue painting is a simplex glyph plus notation for the year date, Chicuace Tecpatl ("Six Flint Knife"), or 1472. The date is boxed in, as is customary, with a turquoise-blue frame. Not coincidentally, the word for year (xihuitl) is the same word as for turquoise. The notation is shown as a vertical row of six (chicuace) small circles painted blue. To the left of this notation is the simplex glyph for tecpatl (flint knife). The knife has a row of teeth on the right side, from the viewer's perspective. Some leaves seem to frame the knife.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

pedernales, navajas, knives, numbers, números, fechas, dates, calendarios, años, teeth, dientes

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Seis Pedernal o 6-Pedernal

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 36 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

The non-commercial reuse of images from the Bibliothèque nationale de France is free as long as the user is in compliance with the legislation in force and provides the citation: “Source / Bibliothèque nationale de France” or “Source / BnF.”

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