tlacuilo (MH778v)

tlacuilo (MH778v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the occupation tlacuilo, writer/painter. It shows a small (right) hand grasping a large white writing implement. The implement is at an angle. At the bottom, it is black and then red (on the point), as though the person may really be painting with red paint. The black part could be a cluster of grasses or hairs.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 


Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


scribe, escribano, writer, implemento, escribir, oficios

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

tlacuilo, writer or painter,
tlacuilol(li), a piece of writing, a painting, or a design,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

El Pintor, El Escribano

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 778v, 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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