Ome Tecpatl (CQ)

Ome Tecpatl (CQ)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This combined simplex glyph-notation is a man's name and a date, Ome Tecpatl (Two Flint Knife), which comes from the tonalpohualli (260-day divinatory calendar, which plays a role in the Nahuas' religious views of the cosmos). Two small circles represent the ones, seemingly yellow (left) and red (right). The leaf-shaped, knife is red at the top and white at the bottom, the colors being divided at an angle. The dividing line leans to the left; the knife leans to the right. This knife is not closed at the bottom, which may be an inadvertent omission.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This is the name of an elite man, which shows in the contextualizing image. He sits on a throne (icpalli) covered with jaguar skin. He wears a white cape with red trim; it is tied above the shoulder.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

covers ruling men and women of Tecamachalco through 1593

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

southern Puebla state

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood and Randall Rodríguez

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

two, dos, flint knives, pedernales, cuchillos, navajas, names, nombres, dates, fechas, numbers, números, days, días, calendarios, calendars

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

Dos Pedernal, 2-Pedernal

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Randall Rodríguez

Image Source: 

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, aka Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, Codex Ehecatepec-Huitziltepec, or Charles Ratton Codex. Library of Congress.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Library of Congress, current custodian of this pictorial Mexican manuscript, hosts a digital version online. It is not copyright protected.

Historical Contextualizing Image: