Tecuani (MH648r)

Tecuani (MH648r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tecuani (literaly, "People-Biter," or "Wild Animal") is attested here as a man's name. The glyph shows a profile view of the head of what could be a wild animal in profile and facing right. The animal's eye is open, his red tongue protrudes, and his sharp teeth are very visible. His coat is spotted like a jaguar's.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Jaguar is often the contemporary translation for tecuani, and most glyphs show animals that look like jaguars. Ocelotl is another name for jaguar, and glyphs of the ocelotl are very similar to glyphs for the tecuani. An occupation for this man named Tecuani appears in the gloss. He is a tecpanpixqui, a guardian over twenty tribute payers (taxpayers).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

Antonio teguani tepapixgui

Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio Tecuani, tecpanpixqui

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


animales silvestres y feroces, nombres de hombres

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

tecuani, ferocious wild animal, literally one that bites people, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tecuani
cua, to eat or to bite, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/cua
te-, nonspecific human object prefix (people, or someone), https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/te

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Bestia Feroz y Salvaje (y muchas veces se refiere al jaguar)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 648r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=378&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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