Tecpanecatl (MH506r)

Tecpanecatl (MH506r)
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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--?

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: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Lucas Tecpanecatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


palaces, palacios, buildings, edificios, lords, señores, teuctli

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

Tecpanecatl, a person's name associated with the tecpancalli, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tecpanecatl
Tepanecatl, an ethnicity, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tepanecatl

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 506r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=91&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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