Tetl Ihuic (MH552r)

Tetl Ihuic (MH552r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Tetl Ihuic (or perhaps Tetlihuic, "The Digging Stick for Rocks," attested here as a man’s name) shows a frontal view of a vertical digging stick that resembles a shovel (perhaps showing some European influence over the autonomous-era digging stick), as it seems to have a wider blade than usual. Below the agricultural tool is a horizontal stone with the typical curling ends and two-tone diagonal design across the middle.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The gloss suggests a reading of the stone possessing the digging stick (with the word retaining its absolutive ending and the stick having a possessive pronoun attached to it). But the translation that makes the most sense is that this stick was used for especially rock soil, perhaps for digging rocks out of the soil. Of course, this is not to deny that stones could be considered animated and able to possess something.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

diegū tetliyhuic

Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Tetl Ihuic (or Tetlihuic)

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

José Aguayo-Barragán and Stephanie Wood

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

tools, herramientas, piedras, stones, agricultura

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

"El Palo para Excavar Piedras"

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 552r, World Digital Library. https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=183&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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