Temazcale (MH626r)

Temazcale (MH626r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Temazcale ("Possessor of a Steambath") is attested here as a man's name. It shows a frontal view of a building (calli) with four steam curls emerging from the front entrance (referring to the temaz- part of the name). The possessor suffix -e is not shown visually. The building may have a thatched roof, and it appears to be unusually wide compared to a house, probably making room for the fire inside.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Our Online Nahuatl Dictionary provides lots of examples of the uses of steambaths.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Temazcale

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


fire, steam, fuego, vapor, humo, smoke, volutas, building, edificio, bañarse, lavarse, nombres de hombres, arquitectura

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

temazcal(li), sweat house or steambath, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/temazcalli
cal(li), house or building, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/calli
-e (possessor suffix), he who has that thing, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/e-0

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Él que Tiene un Temascal

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 626r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=334st=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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