Tecuhtlacocauhqui (MH737v)

Tecuhtlacocauhqui (MH737v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tecuhtlacocauhqui (“Yellow Lord,” leader of serpents) is attested here as a man’s name. It shows a serpent in profile, facing toward the viewer’s left. It has a coil at mid-body. The eye is open, the bifurcated tongue is protruding, and teeth are visible. Its body has small and large spots, including one triangular spot. The tail has a rattle.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This serpent is larger and more formidable than usual. A published discussion about this “Yellow Lord,” leader of serpents, says that it was a predator. Interestingly, there are no visuals to suggest tecuhtli (lord) or tlacocauhqui (which might be “one who surrenders as a slave”).

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


serpientes, deidades, fuerzas divinas, señores, colores, amarillo, nombres de hombres

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

tecuhtlacocauhqui, Yellow Lord, leader of serpents, a predator, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tecuhtlacocauhqui
tlacocahua, to surrender as a slave, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tlacocahua

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Señor Amarillo, Líder de los Serpientes

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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