Tecax (MH522r)

Tecax (MH522r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for the personal name Tecax ("Grinding Bowl," attested here as a man's name) shows a frontal view of a cross-sectioned stone trough and a grinding stone painted gray. The bowl has three small legs visible and a thick, U-shaped bowl. The pestle is relatively smaller, and it narrows at the top where someone would hold onto it.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The word tecaxitl is a compound of stone (tetl) and vessel (caxitl). Another container for foods and beverages is the xicalli, which is usually made from a gourd. The "name" Tecax could possibly refer to the occupation of making or selling such grinding bowls or of doing the grinding. Alternately, there is also a name (possibly) called Tencax, bowl-lipped. See below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

pedro tecax

Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Tecax

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzinco, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

José Aguayo-Barragán


recipiente, contenedor, cuenco, molcajetes, containers, vessels, bowls, grinding, moler, moliendo

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


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 522r, World Digital Library. https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=183&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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