Tecciz (MH523v)

Tecciz (MH523v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tecciz (here, attested as a man's name) shows an upright conch shell (tecciztli). It has a swirl at the top, another layer below that, and a black opening in the main body of the shell. A gray watercolor appears to add shading and three-dimensionality.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The gloss for this glyph could suggest the name of "Someone's Mother" (teciztli) as opposed to conch shell (tecciztli). Perhaps one "c" was inadvertently omitted in the gloss, or perhaps the shell was employed as something of a homophone.

A sign next to a tecciztli at the Templo Mayor refers to the shell as a "turbinella angulata" and a large "gastropod shell...from the Atlantic coast of Mexico." It continues, "The presence of several specimens of the periostracum, a protein layer that covers the shell's surface, attests to the fact they were collected alive by divers, because this layer is lost when the animal dies in the sea and is dragged onto the beach by the swell of waves. A specimen of this species was found covered with blue pigment, perhaps to emphasize its relationship with water, in one of the offerings dedicated to Tlaloc. It also served for the production of a large number of objects including the ehecacozcatl, the pectoral characteristic of the god Ehecatl-Quetzalcoatl, which is produced by transversally cutting the shell's spiral whorls. Beads and pendants made of this shell have also been found."

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

luis teçis

Gloss Normalization: 

Luis Tecciz

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico


conchas, caracoles, tecciztli

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

El Caracol(?)

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 523v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=126&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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