tecuhtli (MH508r)

tecuhtli (MH508r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the title of a high lord (tecuhtli) features the diadem or crown called the xiuhhuitzolli that would have been worn by the lord. The diadem is shown here in profile, facing toward the viewer's left.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The diadem (xiuhhuitzolli) does not play a phonetic role in the glyph name. It is symbolic of the title lord (tecuhtli). Its color, turquoise (xihuitl) enters into the construction of the name for the diadem.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


lords, señores, gobernantes, diadems, diademas, crowns, coronas, teuctli

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 508r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=95&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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