Tepalca (MH641r)

Tepalca (MH641r)
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 with Someone Else," attested here as a man's name) shows a man's head in profile, looking toward the viewer's left. A human hand appears, seemingly touching the cheek of the man.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

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

Perhaps the hand suggests that someone is taking care of this person, perhaps having taken him into their home.

Tepalca is found in the Vocabulario of Alonso de Molina (1571). The gloss here suggests that the name should end in "n," but that might be intrusive.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
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Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

afección, cuidar, vivir juntos

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

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 641r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=364st=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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