Tencuauh (MH510r)

Tencuauh (MH510r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Tencuauh (here, attested as a man's name) has two prominent elements. One is a human face in profile looking toward the viewer's left. Attached to the lip (tentli) of this face is a tree (cuahuitl) trunk with two parts. It is worth noting when trying to translate this name, ten- can mean edge, and cuahuitl can mean woods.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

There is a place name, Tecuauhtitlan, that has been translated as the "bosque del pedregal" (woods of the lava field). [See: Geografía mexicana.] This could mean that the "Ten-" of Tencuauh is meant as a rebus for Te- (stone). But this is a personal name and not a landscape description.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Calixto Tencuauh

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


labios, árboles, trees, lips

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 510r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=99&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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