Tlacuilol (MH505v)

Tlacuilol (MH505v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name or occupation, Tlacuilol (short for tlacuilolli, "A Piece of Writing, Painting, or Design," attested here as a male name), shows a hand holding a stylus used for writing. A left hand that is fisted, facing toward the viewer's right, and it is gripping the stylus in the middle. The stylus is at an angle, and the wider part is at the lower end. Given the gloss, this glyph could be short for tlacuilolli (a piece of writing, a painting), or it may have intended tlacuilo, writer/painter (just inadvertently adding a final l).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Tlacuilol

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


writing, escritura, escribano, escribiendo, el estilo

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

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

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

La Escritura, La Carta (o, El Escribano)

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 505v, 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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