Tlaco (MH516r)

Tlaco (MH516r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the personal name Tlaco (here, attested as a man's) shows a U-shaped hoop and a horizontal stick (tlacotl) that would be put around the neck of an enslaved person (tlacotli). The man in question could be an enslaved person, or Slave could be his name. Another possibility is that he is a middle child, "Tlaco," but this is more commonly used for girls.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The stick that is part of the restraint that was put around the neck of an enslaved person can be a tlacotl, and the half-circle of the throat constrictor could be seen as (tlaco) (half). Thus, we have possibly two phonetic indicators for the glyph for tlacotli, abbreviated to Tlaco for this personal name.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

duo .tlaco

Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Tlaco

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Syntax (patterns): 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood and Stephanie Wood

Parts (of compounds or simplex + notation): 

esclavitud, slavery, esclavo, persona esclavizada, niño del medio

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


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 516r, 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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