Tepalca (MH525r)

Tepalca (MH525r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name or status Tepalca ("One Who Lives in the House of Another," here, attested as a man’s name) shows a frontal view of a house or building. A person in profile (facing toward the viewer's right) is tipping forward. He is shown next to the building entrance, perhaps the home where he has been taken in.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

We have a few examples of the adverb Tepal- in this collection. One other Tepalcan shows a a much more simplified calli. Also, in that other example, instead of a full bodied person, only a head appears next to the building. Tepalca appears in the vocabulary of Alonso de Molina without a final "n," so perhaps the "n" that is indicated on the gloss is intrusive.

This glyph is reminiscent of the glyph for Techachanonoc (see below), which has a similar translation.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juan tepalcan

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Tepalca

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


cuidar, vivir juntos, gente, people, casas, houses, arquitectura

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

tepalca, one who lives in the house of someone else, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tepalca
tepal, in relation to another person, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tepal

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Él Que Tiene Alguien Cerca (?)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 525r, World Digital Library.

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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: