Motlalpacho (MH492v)

Motlalpacho (MH492v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex personal name for Motlalpacho ("Covered with Dirt" or "Buried") shows a human being, probably male, lying on his back but at an angle. Dirt covers him (note the reflexive "mo" in the name). He is shown in profile, facing up and somewhat rightward. His right arm is raised as though embracing the dirt that is over him. His body has marks on it, as though it has gotten dirty from the soil burying him.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

Juā motlalpacho

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Motlalpacho

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Xitlali Torres and Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

bodies, cuerpos, dirt, tierra, covered, cubierto

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 

tlalpachoa, to cover up with earth,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Cubierto con Tierra

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 492v, 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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