Tecpanecatl (MH591r)

Tecpanecatl (MH591r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal 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. The right and left sides seem to be upright beams. Between the beams is a horizontal stone with curling ends and diagonal stripes. The stone provides the phonetic element at the start of the name ("Te-"). Bending out and away from the tops of the two upright beams are perhaps ropes (mecatl?).

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: 

antonio tecpanecatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio 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

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

government, gobierno, palacio real, stones, piedras

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

(un nombre o una persona asociada con el palacio real)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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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