Tecpanecatl (MH492v)

Tecpanecatl (MH492v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the name or title of Tecpanecatl suggests a structure, but the analysis is still pending. The tecpan was a palace of a lord (tecuhtli). The name's ending, -ecatl, suggests that the person had an affiliation with a tecpan or tecpancalli. None of the examples from the Codex Mendoza of a tecpan in this collection have an appearance anything like the structure that is visible here, which has the shape of an M. The right and left sides may be upright beams. Connecting them at the top may be a horizontal beam. A triangular shape appears in the middle. Perhaps this is a diadem worn by a tecuhtli, but turned on its side--? Above this complex construction is a banner (panitl), providing the phonetic indication for the second syllable in the name.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Tecpanecatl was a high title for a lord. It was also a name found across central Mexico. Sometimes this name is confused with the ethnicity Tepanecatl (or Tepaneca in the plural).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

diego tecpanecatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Tecpanecatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Xitlali Torres

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

palaces, palacios, buildings, edificios, lords, señores

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 492v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=52&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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