Motecuhzoma llhuicamina (TR34v)

Motecuhzoma llhuicamina (TR34v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful simplex glyph for the personal name Motecuhzoma Ilhuicamina shows a profile view of a turquoise crown or diadem with red trim. It is facing toward the viewer's right, and it is tied at the back. This is a phonetic indicator for the middle syllables (-tecuh-) of the name Motecuhzoma; the Ilhuicamina part is not shown visually here. The gloss indicates that this is the elder (huehue) Motecuzoma.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The crown, called xiuhhuitzolli in Nahuatl, is often used as a semantic indicator simply to represent tecuhtli (also spelled teuctli) (lord). Apparently this one, however, has distinguishing features that set it apart from the usual triangular red crown.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

huehue moteuhczoma

Gloss Normalization: 

Huehue Motecuhzoma

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


diademas, nombres, hombre, tecuhtli, tecutli, teuctli, tlahtoani, tlatoani, crowns, coronas, diadems

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

Motecuhzoma el Viejo

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 34 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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