Tequetzon (MH506v)

Tequetzon (MH506v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Tequetzon consists of two prominent elements. One is a stone (tetl), which provides the phonetic indicator of the start of the name. The stone has the usual curly ends and diagonal stripes. The second visual element is a hank of hair (tzontli). The hair hangs downward from the stone, curling a bit at the ends. This suggests quetzontli (long hair down the back of the neck).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The name Tequetzon may be short for tequetzoma, which may be a verb meaning "to bite." The Gran Diccionario Náhuatl gives tequetzomaliztli, translated by Alonso de Molina as "adentelladura." This could suggest a translation of "Biter" for Tequetzon. But the visuals let on none of this meaning, meaning the compound is fully phonographic.

The use of stone for the Te- start to the name is possibly echoed in the use of mouth/lip (tentli] for a similar phonetic start to a name, Te- or Ten-. See two examples below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Andrés Tequetzon

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

stones, rocks, piedras, hair, cabello, pelos, muerde, mordeduras, bites

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 506v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=92&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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