Techocti (MH498r)

Techocti (MH498r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Techocti ("He Makes People Cry," attested here as a man’s name) shows an eye with three streams of tears flowing downward from it. This compound sign is close to the face of the person who has this name. He also has tears running down his cheeks, a semantic complement to the glyph. The tears have small circles (droplets or beads) at the lower tips.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The eye has a pointed oval around what would have been sufficient in the 1540s for an eye (just the concentric circles), suggesting European stylistic influences in drawing eyes. The verb techocti, "it makes people cry," starts with the indefinite pronoun . There is nothing shown visually to evoke the Te- (which in some cases will be handled with the addition of a stone, (tetl).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood and Stephanie Wood


tears, lágrimas, cry, llorar

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 498r, 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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