De Guevara (MH737r)

De Guevara (MH737r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name de Guevara is attested here as the name of an elite man, a tecuhtli, judging by the diadem that lords would wear and given his placement within a building. The glyph is a horizontal stone (tetl) with contrasting, alternating stripes, and curling ends. There is a wormhole at the right end. The tetl provides the phonetic indication for the start of the name, de. The Guevara part of the name is not shown visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The origin of this Spanish name, de Guevara, is unclear, but there was a Felipe de Guevara, who wrote the Comentarios de la Pintura in the 1550s or 1560s, which discusses Nahuatl hieroglyphics. See: Juan Allende-Salazar, “Don Felipe de Guevara, coleccionista y escritor de arte del siglo XVI,” Archivo Español de Arte e Arqueología I (1925), 189-192. But, often, Nahua lords who took Spanish names often got them from powerful conquistadores, local encomenderos, or friars with a special interest in Nahuas and Nahuatl.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

piedras, nombres de hombres, nombres españoles, nombres prestados

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

de Guevara

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 737r, World Digital Library,

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library; used here with the Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0).

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