teizti (FCBk10F33r)

teizti (FCBk10F33r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the noun teizti, offspring. It is a metaphor. Literally, it says "someone's fingernail," as Frances Karttunen points out (see our Online Nahuatl Dictionary). One element of the glyph is a vertical stone (tetl), playing a phonetic role for the start of the word, te-. The stone has the diagnostic diagonal line across the middle and curling ends. A short line arises from the stone to connect to a finger with a prominent fingernail (iztitl).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

In the contextualizing image, two seated women face a younger woman, called a doncella in Spanish, and probably the daughter of one of them, is walking toward them.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


niƱos, progenie, descendientes, hijos

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