Tlalhuicol (MH535r)

Tlalhuicol (MH535r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Tlalhuicol is attested here as a man's name. Two visuals include the large round handle, which seems to point to colli (something curved or bent). The other his huicolli (a small pitcher). It is the "Tlal-" element (from tlalli, land) that confounds an easy translation of this name. It remains elusive how the curved handle and pitcher relate to land. Perhaps a pitcher was used at times for watering garden plants? Another idea is that they may be phonetic indicators for a near homophone, tlalhuicopa, toward the East. Or the name could relate to summoning or advising (tlalhuia). Until such is determined with greater certainty, it is impossible to assess any phonetic dimensions to this name.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

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Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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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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