Tamalpin (MH510r)

Tamalpin (MH510r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tamalpin (here, attested as a man's name) shows a bird's eye view of a tamale (tamalli) small (pintic) and round. A diagonal line cuts through the circle, and on either side of this division groups of lines go one way and another, echoing ridges on the corn husks that would be enclosing the tamale. This tamalli does appear to be visually diminutive, which comes to play in the -pin of the name.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

In this collection we have an iconographic example of a basket of tamales (below). But it appears to be the ends of the tamales that are visible, each one with a little curving line.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Tamalpin

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 and Stephanie Wood


tamales, food, comida, maíz, maize, corn

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 510r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=99&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: