macuiltecpanpia (MH593r)

macuiltecpanpia (MH593r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the the name and/or occupation macuiltecpanpia (“keeper of 100,” attested here as a man’s job) shows a 3/4 view of a barefooted Indigenous man in European-type clothing, with his right arm raised, his left arm hanging at his side, and his legs slightly separated. His posture suggests movement. To the left of him are five upright, rectangular banners, facing to the left. Each flag represents 20 people (tribute payers, who often represent a couple and sometimes small children) who are under the watch of this man.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The number 100 may suggest the increasing influence of the decimal system that was introduced through Spanish colonialism. However, the counting by twenties (here, five twenties) shows some life clearly remaining in the vigesimal system, and counts of 100 were possible in the old system.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

filipe macvltecpapia.

Gloss Normalization: 

Felipe Macuiltecpanpia

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 

numbers, números, tributarios, jefe, cinco por veinte

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Él Guarda Cien Personas

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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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