Tlacapan (MH489v)

Tlacapan (MH489v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black line drawing of a compound glyph stands for a personal name, Tlacapan. It has two obvious elements. One is a person (tlacatl) and the other is a banner (panitl). The person is shown only with a head, in profile, looking to the viewer's right. It seems to be a male with little hair on his head. The banner is upright, narrow, and rectangular, attached to a post or pole.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The translation of tlacapan could be: "côté, flanc, versant, pente" (A. Wimmer, 2004, as quoted in the Gran Diccionario Náhuatl, meaning "slide, flank, or slope"). But that sounds more appropriate for a place name than a personal name. So, the definitive translation is pending. The contextualizing image shows that this name is held by a man in this case. He also has a Christian baptismal name, while retaining his Nahua name.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Heujotzinco, Puebla

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Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

José Aguayo-Barragán

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Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 489v, 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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