Techan (MH651r)

Techan (MH651r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Techan ("Stone Home," or "Someone's Home") is attested here as a man's name. A horizontal stone (tetl) with a black diagonal stripe and small circles at its ends provides the phonetic indicator for the start of the name, Te-. The -chan part of the name is derived semantically from the small building in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. The building is implied to be a home (-chan), even though it also looks like a calli, house or generic building, with its red T-shaped beams at the entrance.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The circles on the three visible corners of the stone are reminiscent of the shimmer given to the chalchihuitl stone or the mirror, etc. The tetl usually just have curly ends.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

matheo techan

Gloss Normalization: 

Mateo Techan

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

casas, edificios, piedras, nombres de hombres

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

Hogar de Piedra

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 651r, 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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