Quitlematoc (MH503v)

Quitlematoc (MH503v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for fire (tletl) doubles as the personal name Quitlematoc, attested as a man's name. This frontal view of a fire consists of three rising, curling flames. The remainder of the name is not shown visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The name seems to be a verb (tlemati?) with a purposive-action suffix (-toc) and a singular object at the start (Qui-), but the translation is a challenge. If this is the case, however, the fire would be there as a phonetic indicator or rebus for the root verb.

Flames have become much more realistic or representative and less stylized in this manuscript compared to the Codex Mendoza (see the flame from 13 recto, below, for example).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Marcos Quitlematoc

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

fire, fuego, flames, flamas

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