ome tlapixque (T1871:1)

ome tlapixque (T1871:1)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography for "two guardians" comes from a document about tributes derived from land. The people in charge of extracting the tributes from the parcels are these two guardians (tlapixque), a man (on the left) and a woman (on the right). Their clothing and hairstyles provide gender markers. The man has a long cape (tilmatli) that hangs to just above his knees. His hair is long and hangs down his back. The woman wears a huipilli and a striped skirt. Her hair comes to two points above her forehead. The arms are not visible on either the man or the woman. He is more in profile. Her head is in profile, but her body faces the viewer, which allows the observation of her clothing. Both figures are standing upright.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

omen tlapixque

Gloss Normalization: 

ome tlapoxque

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Cuauhtla, Morelos

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

men, women, tributes, tributos, hombres, mujeres

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

dos guardianes

Image Source: 

Single-page codex, Archivo General de la Nación, México, Ramo de Tierras, vol. 1871, exp. 1, fol. 28r.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Archivo General de la Nación (AGN), México, holds the original manuscript. This image is published here under a Creative Commons license, asking that you cite the AGN and this Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs.