Tlacochtecpa (MH741v)

Tlacochtecpa (MH741v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tlacochtecpa (“Spear-Flint Knife”) is attested here as a man’s name. It shows two vertical spears or arrows (tlacochtli or tlacochin). Apparently, the points are flint knives (tecpatl).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Points are not always included in portrayals of Tlacochin, such as in the glyphs in the Codex Mendoza or the Tlacochin of MH498v. But the points can also be exaggerated (e.g., Tlacochin, MH651r). Also, the tlacochtli will regularly be found in an arrangement that surely has a significance, such as forming a square or crossed at angles, not usually seen in the case of the mitl (arrow or dart) glyph. Another thing to watch is the barbed points and the fletching (or lack thereof). The variations are considerable.

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: 

pedernal, lanza, proyectil, armas, guerra, cazar, nombres de hombres

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


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 741v, 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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