Oztomecatl (MH525v)

Oztomecatl (MH525v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name or ethnicity, Oztomecatl (“Someone from Oztoman,” who is typically a merchant) is attested here as a man’s name. It is a challenge to determine what is shown visually--perhaps a bundle of merchandise--or, perhaps an effort to provide a logogram for cave (oztotl)? Nothing in the glyph appears to represent mecatl (a cord or rope).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This glyph design is fairly unique. Other glyphs for Oztomecatl show men with loads on their backs attached to tumplines, and they hold staffs like walking sticks. Those glyphs are pointing to long-distant merchants. Alternately, two Oztomecatl glyphs show staffs that are decorated. See examples that have been published in TLACHIA.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

pedro oztomecatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Oztomecatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huexotzinco, Matrícula de (MH)

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


mercaderes, cargas, bastones, caves, cuevas, cordeles

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

Mercader, o Una Persona de Oztoman

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 525v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=130&st=image.

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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: