Tizatlacatl (MH648v)

Tizatlacatl (MH648v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name or ethnic label Tizatlacatl ("Person from Tizatlan") is attested here as male. Tizatlacatl is also the name of a famous pre-contact warrior. Tizatl is chalk, so the visual for this name could have something to do with chalk, although it is not recognizable as such. The glyph shows a horizontal rectangle. Along the bottom third of the rectangle are three smaller subdivisions. Each of these has a mark contained within it, with the effect that each subdivision resembles an upside-down kernel of corn (tlaolli). This rectangle can also resemble a skirt (cueitl), which could have an ethnic association. Unfortunately, we do not yet have a cueitl in this collection that resembles this glyph for Tizatlacatl.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

It is interesting how people from history are possibly remembered, and their names are replicated in families as new babies are born.

See a glyph of tlaolli below, which only vaguely resembles the subdivisions of the rectangle. We are also including some skirts for comparison.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

Antonio tiçatlacatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio Tizatlacatl

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: 

chalk, tiza, lugares, nombres famosos guerreros aztecas, nombres de hombres, etnicidades

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

(una persona de Tizatla)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 648v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=379&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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: