Tlacochmachan (MH622v)

Tlacochmachan (MH622v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Tlacochmachan ("Woven Spears") is attested here as a man's name. It shows two spears (tlacochtli) with barbed points leaning left and two leaning right. They seem to be interwoven, recalling the verb, machana.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The projectiles called tlacochtli or tlacochin were sometimes connected into a square shape, interlocking at their ends and creating a type of structure. There is a tlacochinamitl that is an enclosure, which suggests that the spears or arrows were interwoven or connected for a purpose. The -chinamitl ending to the word for the enclosure points to the use of tlacochtli in making chinampas, but this is just speculation.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

arpón, arpones, jabalinas, lanzas, flechas, entretejidas

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

tlacoch(tli), a projectile, such as an arrow, spear, or javelin,
tlacochinami(tl), an enclosure,
machana, to interweave reeds or the like,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Los Arpones Entretejidos

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 622v, 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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