Tlacochcalcatl (MH833r)

Tlacochcalcatl (MH833r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name or title Tlacochcalcatl, which at the highest levels referred to men with governing, judicial, or military responsibilities. It was also a pueblo-level official's title and a name. Finally, with the -catl suffix for affiliation, it can refer to someone from Tlacochcalco (in the region of Tlaxcala). There is also a Tlacochcallan in the area of Huejotzingo. The glyph shows a frontal view of a building, perhaps a house (calli). Its entry was has some short, black horizontal and vertical lines that suggest a special kind of calli. Perhaps these are meant to be a certain kind of projectile (tlacochtli), sometimes much like the mitl arrow and sometimes with a notably barbed point.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The term tlacochcalli can also refer to a living room, and this glyph for Tlacochcalcatl looks more like it might refer to a living room than the glyphs that involve the projectiles more prominently.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

títulos, oficios, general, generales, juez, jueces, edificios, nombres de hombres

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

Tlacochcalcatl, a general; also the name or title of a high judge,
tlacochcal(li), a living room,
tlacoch(tli), a weapon, a kind of projectile,

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 833r, 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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