macuiltecpantli (MH612v)

macuiltecpantli (MH612v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the number and noun, macuiltecpantli (five twenties) has been carved from a scene showing a macultepanpixqui, a person in charge of 100 tribute payers (and their families). Each twenty is represented by an upright white flag facing toward the viewer's right. At the top of each flag is a small human head, which represents a tribute payer (and, we learn from a text on the page, his wife and presumably his family). So, this compound glyph shows one hundred tribute payers (with partners). Each flag (panitl) serves as a phonetic indicator for tecpantli (twenty). The human heads also make it clear that the compound refers to a number of people.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

tribute payers, tributarios, laborers, trabajadores, repartimiento, números, mathematics, matemáticas, ciento, cien, hundred

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

Cien [Tributarios]

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 612v, 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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