tequitl (Verg16r)

tequitl (Verg16r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the element representing tequitl (work) shows what is meant to be a rectangle with squiggly lines dividing it into thirds. A comparison with tribute cloths as drawn in the Codex Tepetlaoztoc/Kingsborough on various folios shows rectangular white "mantas" (as glossed in Spanish) with squiggly lines dividing them into three and four pieces.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The compound from which this element has been extracted relates to coatequitl, tribute labor. Draft labor could be agricultural, but it might also involved urban construction and mine labor, among other things. Women had to produce textiles for tribute, but it remains to be verified whether their work was called either coatequitl or tequitl.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Tepetlaoztoc, near Tetzcoco

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

work, trabajo, tributos

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el trabajo, o una asignación de tierra

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
Image Source, Rights: 

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