Tlahuilan (MH558v)

Tlahuilan (MH558v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tlahuilan (“Dragger,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a horizontal beam, attached to a rope, attached to a hand. This is a semantic representation of the verb to drag (tlahuilana). While this glyph is in the proper place for a personal name, it could also be an occupation.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This is the way heavy beams were taken to construction sites. The beam (huapalli) would have a hole in one. A rope (mecatl) would be attached to the beam using that hole. Then, the heavy beam would be ragged by a human being.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

drag, arrastrar, beams, vigas, wood, madera, cords, mecates, tied, amarrado

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

tlahuilana, to drag (here, wooden beams),

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

arrastrador [de una viga de madera]

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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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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