Temilo (MH486r)

Temilo (MH486r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for a personal name that can also be a title and a noun for a head device or warrior hairstyle (Temilo or Temilotli/Temiloctli), features a stone (tetl)], which is a phonetic indicator for the start of the name, plus an upside down L-shaped protrusion above the stone that echoes a ponytail on top of the head of another Temilo, which more closely connects with the warrior hairstyle of temilotli.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Alfonso Lacadena (2018, 85) mentions the temimilli, a round stone column, as the root of the name Temilo, as shown in the example on folio 482 verso of the Matrícula de Huexotzinco, which has a three-part foundation and part of a column rising from it. This is, of course, a European introduction in Mesoamerica, and so he includes it in his study of loanwords that took the form of glyphs (or perhaps visual neologisms).

The name Temilo deserves further research. A folklore character named Temilo was associated with Mount Tlaloc and was said--in a twenty-first-century ethnographic retelling--to represent the "devil" and have a role in the construction of the cathedral in Puebla. [See: Jay Sokolovsky, Indigenous Mexico Engages the 21st Century, 2016, p. 151.]

A don Pedro Temilo was the first governor or the Tlatelolco after the Spanish seized power. [See Justyna Olko, Insignia of Rank in the Nahua World, 2014, p. 210.]

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

mrñ temillo

Gloss Normalization: 

Martín Temilo

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

stones, piedras, headdresses, tocados

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Peinado de Guerrero (?)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 483r, World Digital Library. https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=45&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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