macuiltecpanpixqui (MH640r)

macuiltecpanpixqui (MH640r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of an example of the iconography of the macuiltecpanpixqui (guardian of five groups of twenty tribute payers) appears standing in profile, facing toward the viewer's left. In his right hand he holds five (macuilli) vertical, rectangular, white banners on sticks. Each one is a tecpantli, representing twenty tribute payers. The man wears a Spanish-style shirt and short pants. But tied on one shoulder is a cape of the type Indigenous elite men wore. The man also has bare feet, another indication that the still has a foot (so to speak) in the Indigenous world. He is gesturing with a finger on his left hand, pointing downward.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The grouping of men into the number 100 might seem like a decimal cultural intrusion, but groups of twenty are also still vigesimal.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, modern state of Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


tributos, trabajadores, guardianes, banderas, cien, cinco, veinte, números

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 640r, 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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