Tlacochcalcatl (Azca9)

Tlacochcalcatl (Azca9)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a red, white, and yellow painting of the compound glyph for the ethnicity or title, Tlacochcalcatl. It can refer to a man with governing, judicial, or military responsibilities at a high level, but it can also refer to a pueblo official, or refer to person from Tlacochcalco (e.g., a town in Tlaxcala). Here, the house (calli) and the two spears or arrows (tlacochtli or tlacochin) standing up on the roof provide the phonetic components for the title, while they may also have a semantic value, if the high Tlacochcalcatl had an office in a special building and if his title came from prowess in war.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


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Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

post-1550, but content about the migration from Aztlan to about 1527

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

perhaps Tlatelolco, Mexico City

Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

proyectiles, títulos, jueces, generales, militares, nombres de hombres, afiliación, barrios, pueblos, altepetl

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

Tlacochcalcatl, a general or high judge,
tlacoch(tli), a projectile, such as an arrow, spear, etc.,

Image Source: 

The Codex Azcatitlan is also known as the Histoire mexicaine, [Manuscrit] Mexicain 59–64. It is housed in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and hosted on line by the World Digital Library and the Library of Congress.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Library of Congress is “unaware of any copyright or other restrictions in the World Digital Library Collection.” But please cite Bibliothèque Nationale de France and this Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs.

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