Tecpin (MH737v)

Tecpin (MH737v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tecpin (“Flea”) is attested here as a man’s name. It shows an insect in profile, facing toward the viewer’s left. Four legs are visible, and one can distinguish the head from the body.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The flea has a tiny body, but the tlacuilos did attempt to draw them. At least one other that appears in this digital collection is painted red. See below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

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Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

pulgas, nombres de hombres

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

tecpin or tecpim(itl), a flea, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tecpin

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 737v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=553&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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