Motecuhzoma (TR41r)

Motecuhzoma (TR41r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This colorful compound glyph for the personal name Motecuhzoma (the name of two famous Mexica rulers) shows a turquoise blue, black, red, and yellow diadem (a semantic indicator for tecuhtli, lord, and so providing the phonetic part of the name that is -tecuh-. The crown-like is shown in a profile view, facing the viewer's right. Some feathers are just visible above the red trim. The black details consist of two horizontal strips near the top of the diadem. The red trim is what comes to be tied in the back. Hair (tzontli) shows below the diadem, providing the phonetic indicator for the final part of the name (-zoma). The Mo- part of the name (second-person possessive pronoun) is not shown visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

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Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


crowns, diadems, diademas, tied, atado, hair, cabello, pelo

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

Su Feroz Señor

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 41 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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