matlactzontli pesos (Chav1)

matlactzontli pesos (Chav1)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph or notation for matlactzontli (4,000) shows a frontal view of a vertical bundle of sticks, cut grass, or human hairs (a tzontli), which represents 400, and another sign on top with a round black peso coin and diamond shape meaning ten (matlactli) in front of it. This is a reference to a number of pesos (a loanword found in the Nahuatl text of the contextualizing image), which is a round black coin. The combination intends a multiplication effect, i.e., 10 x 400, which equals 4,000. The additional gloss "4 v" which appears above the tzontli signs, also supports this reading.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

See below for other representations of tzontli, whether representing the number 400 or a thick lock of hair.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
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Gloss Normalization: 


Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

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

pesos, monedas, dinero, coins, money

Museum & Rare Book Comparisons: 
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Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Image Source: 

The Codex Chavero of Huexotzinco (or Códice Chavero de Huexotzinco),

Image Source, Rights: 

The Codex Chavero of Huexotzinco (or Códice Chavero de Huexotzinco) is held by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México. It is published online by the World Digital Library and the Library of Congress, which is “unaware of any copyright or other restrictions in the World Digital Library Collection.”

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