Tayauh (MH518v)

Tayauh (MH518v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tayauh (perhaps "Our Cloth" or "Marigold," attested as a man's name) shows a rectangular cloth (ayatl) with a diamond mesh pattern and knots in the upper corners. The possessive pronoun "our" (t-) and the suffix -uh, are not represented visually. If this is not literally "Our Cloth," then the cloth plays a phonetic role for evoking Teyauh (short for teyauhtli, marigold).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The knots in the cloth recall the tilmatli, the cape or cloak worn by elite men and artisans. (See the knot on the shoulder of the tlacuilo, below.)

One might track and compare the various types of cloaks and cloths or blankets across the collection. A few are provided below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

a(?)resandre tayauh

Gloss Normalization: 

Alejandro Tlayauh

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


fabrics, cloths, telas, mantas, bailador, bailar

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

aya(tl), a cloak, a blanket, a cloth, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/ayatl
-uh, possessive suffix, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/uh
to-, first person plural possessive pronoun, our, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/node/175783

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Nuestra Tela

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 518v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=116&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).

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