Tequequeloa (MH538r)

Tequequeloa (MH538r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tequequeloa (attested here as a man’s name) shows a human hand holding onto a stick or staff that is upright. It gets somewhat larger at the top. It appears to be rounded and about the size of a European chair leg. The right side of the staff has shading, giving it a three-dimensionality.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

A satisfactory translation for this name is elusive. The noun tequequeloani refers to someone who mocks others, and yet there is no obvious referent here in the staff. Perhaps the way the staff is held is reminiscent of a ruler who is too authoritarian.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

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Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

sticks, palos, bastones

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

tequequeloani, a mocker, scoffer, deceiver, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tequequeloani

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

El Palo, o El Bastón (?)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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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