Tlaco (MH632v)

Tlaco (MH632v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Tlaco ("Middle Daughter," attested here as a woman's name) shows the head of a woman in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. Below the head is a device made of a stick (tlacotl) associated with restraining an enslaved person (tlacotli).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Tlacotl and tlacotli were near homonyms for tlaco (middle child). They play a complementary phonetic role here, not a semantic one. The use of a woman's head is probably also a subtle indicator for tlaco, given that this middle-child name was most often used for girls.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

María Tlaco

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

nombres de orden de nacimiento, esclava, mujer esclavizada, nombres de mujeres, hija de en medio, viudas, birth order, orden de nacimiento

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

la niña del medio

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 632r, 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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