tecpantli (MH612v)

tecpantli (MH612v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the noun tecpantli ("twenty") shows an upright flag (panitl), facing toward the viewer's right. The flag is white. At the top of the flag is a small head of a man (tlacatl, person), so these "twenty" are twenty men, but a text informs the reader that these men are all married, so this glyph actually represents twenty couples.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

These flags in the census that refer to groups of twenty tribute payers (or twenty couples) under the watchful eye of the centecpanpixqui (keeper of twenty) differ from the flags that we translate as panitl. But the panitl does play a phonetic role here, being at the heart of the term tecpantli.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

banderas, tributarios, veinte personas, veinte hombres, veinte parejas, números

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

veinte [tributarios]

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 612v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=307st=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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