Tlalpican (MH730r)

Tlalpican (MH730r)
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Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the place name Tlalpican (perhaps meaning “Where Cloths are Tied”) shows a frontal view of a building which provides a semantic indicator for the locative suffix (-can). Inside the building is a tied cloth (perhaps a tlalpilli). The cloth has a loop at the top, a big knot, and the two hanging pieces, much like a loincloth. It is also shown in a frontal view.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

See some loincloths, below, which serve as comparisons. There is a place called Tlalpilcan in the Nomenclatura geográfica de México, saying it was part of the ancient Chalca nation. [See the PDF on the Internet Archive.] It must come from tlalpilli. However, the spelling "Tlalpica[n]" seems to come from the root verb, ilpia, or really the more indefinite tlalpilia, "to tie something." The spelling Tlalpica does occur as a barrio of Huejotzingo in a study by Ursula Dyckerhoff, "Grupos étnicos y estratificación socio-política,” Indiana 19/20 (2002/2003), p. 166.
This place name is not about tlalli, land, despite the start to the name, Tlal-. Launey translates the verb tlalpia as "to put on a belt." The root of tlalpia, which is ilpia, can refer to tying up people. This would give the place name a completely different meaning and make the tied thing a phonetic indicator. (See our Online Nahuatl Dictionary entry for tlalpia.)

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

taparrabos, textiles, nudos, atar, nombres de lugares

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

posiblemente, Donde Se Hacen Nudos (o Taparrabos?)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 730r, 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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