Techan (MH525v)

Techan (MH525v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Techan (“Stone Home,” or perhaps "Someone's Home") is attested here as a man’s name. It shows a frontal view of a typical house (calli) or home (chantli). In this case, the latter (-chan) is indicated by the gloss. The start to the name (Te-) possibly refers to the home being built of stone (tetl), but there are no obvious signs that say "stone." The building still has beams that seem to be of wood. The bottom part of each upright beam is painted black.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The frontal view and the painting of the lower ends of the beams may suggest some European influence in the stylistics of this glyph.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

pedro techa

Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Techan

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huexotzinco, Matrícula de (MH)

Semantic Categories: 
Shapes and Perspectives: 
Other Cultural Influences: 

hogares, gente, buildings, edificios, casas, homes, houses

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

El Hogar de Piedra

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 525v, World Digital Library,

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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