Tecihuauh (Verg12r)

Tecihuauh (Verg12r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Tecihuauh (“Someone's Woman,” attested here as a man’s name) shows the head of a woman in profile facing toward the viewer's left. Below here is a part of a face, meant to provide a phonetic indicator for the "Te-" at the start of the name, derived from lips (tentli). To the left of the woman and the partial face is an upright amaranth plant (huauhtli), which is there to provide the phonetic value of "-huauh" at the end of the name.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Amaranth is a key item of the Nahua diet, still eaten in significant quantities today. It is a gluten-free and nutritious quasi-cereal and protein with various health benefits. Figures representing divine forces were shaped with amaranth mixed with honey. This food had such an important place in Nahua spiritual beliefs and activities that the colonizers were fearful it could impede the acceptance of Christianity, so they tried to outlaw its cultivation.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

near Tepetlaoztoc, near Tetzcoco

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Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

amaranto, cereales, comida, plantas, mujeres, labios

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Image Source, Rights: 

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