Tlacochcalcatl (MH730r)

Tlacochcalcatl (MH730r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name or title, Tlacochcalcatl, consists of a square grid with two sets of horizontal parallel lines and two sets of vertical parallel lines. These are spears or projectiles of some kind that were called tlacochtli. In this example, the barbs on the tips are especially notable, when that is not always the case. The result is something like a frame, perhaps a tlacochinamitl. If not a title, this glyph could refer to someone from Tlacochcalco, in the Tlaxcala area. There was also a Tlachocallan in the Huejotzingo area (see below).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The construction of four projectiles at right angles, forming a frame, can also be found in the a glyph for the name Tlacochin, but that is not always the case.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

jueces, generales militares, deidades, edificios, oficios, títulos, construcciones, flechas, nombres de hombres

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

Tlacochcalca(tl), a military general or a judge; also a pueblo official and a name,
tlacoch(tli), projectile, such as an arrow or spear,
tlacochinami(tl), an enclosure,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Capitán General (un juez con obligaciones religiosos)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 730r, 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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