Tlaltecatl (Verg11v)

Tlaltecatl (Verg11v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Tlaltecatl (“Person of the Land,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a bird's eye view of a rectangular parcel of land (tlalli) with two segments, one with a black dot in the middle and the other with small dots (suggesting cultivation?). The parcels have a division in the middle and a border along the bottom and the sides, but not the top. At the middle of the top of the rectangle is a part of a face that emphasizes lips (tentli), providing a phonetic syllable "-te-," which, when combined with the flow of water (atl), can come close to "-tecatl." The lips face toward the viewer's left, and almost springing from the mouth are has four short streams, each one ending in alternating droplets/beads and turbinate shells.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This glyph is remarkably like the compound glyph for Tlalteca (see below). Only a close inspection will ensure that they are very slightly different.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Luis Tlaltecatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

near Tepetlaoztoc, near Tetzcoco

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

lands, tierras, lips, labios, water, agua, agricultura, terrenos, sementeras, parcelas, tenencia de la tierra, parcels

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

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