Petlacalcatl (MH483r)

Petlacalcatl (MH483r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the title held by a Nahua man, Petlacalcatl, shows a woven-mat (petlatl) building (calli). The building is shown in profile, facing toward the viewer's right, and it has a substantial black and shite beam holding up the overhanging roof.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Petlacalcatl can also refer to someone from Petlacalco. See below for a glyph of that place name.

Durán (Ritos y fiestas de los antiguos mexicanos, 1964, 180) says the Petlacalcatl held the job of the main steward in the palace in Tenochtitlan. He was entrusted with the royal storehouses and keeping watch over the emperor's treasures. For other high-powered offices held in the autonomous era (and perhaps beyond), see also Tlillancalqui. In both cases, powerful positions have associations with important buildings.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Stephanie Wood

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Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


occupations, oficios, titles, títulos, petlatl, petla, calli

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

petlacalca(tl), a high title, treasurer,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

El Tesorero

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 483r, 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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