Tlacuilol (MH526r)

Tlacuilol (MH526r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tlacuilol (short for tlacuilolli, “Painting" or "Document,” attested here as a man’s name) shows what seems to be a frontal view of a square with a flower in the middle. On the viewer's left are three short lines (which might represent writing), and on the right edge there is either an upside-down flower or perhaps a stone, given the diagonal lines.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

As other glyphs and their glosses demonstrate, tlacuilolli, cuilolli, icuilolli, and icuiloa can point to an array of types of design expressions that include not only writing and painting on paper but also carvings in stone and the cultivation of the earth. The combination of images in this glyph seem to cover the bases.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Tlacuilol

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

writings, escrituras, escrito, tlacuilos

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

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

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

La Pintura, o La Escritura

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 526r, 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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