Tlaca (MH736r)

Tlaca (MH736r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name or title Tlaca (“Person” or “Lord”) is attested here as pertaining to a man. The glyph is a sun, with eight rays emanating from a central circle. In the middle of the circle is an anthropomorphic face with a mouth, nose, eyes, and eyebrows.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

It could be that this is a personalization of a sacred symbol (the sun, tonatiuh), as a result of influence from Christianity, which personalizes its deity in the form of Jesus Christ. The tecuhtli, lord, could be a señor in Spanish, and this is also how the Christian lord is addressed, as señor, which could further explain the personification of the sun and the sun’s connection to tlacatl.

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

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Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

personas, señor, sol, nombres de hombres

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

tlaca(tl), a person, a noble, or a lord,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Persona Noble, o Señor

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 736r, World Digital Library,

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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