Tlamaca (MH777r)

Tlamaca (MH777r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name and occupation Tlamaca ("Serves Food") is attested here as a man's name. It shows the head of a male in profile, looking toward the viewer's right. The only thing that separates this male from the typical tribute payer in this census is his haircut or hair style. Otherwise, there is nothing in the glyph about serving food.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Tlamaca is a common name. Three men of this name, for example, appear in Congregaciones civiles de Tulancingo, eds. Jesús Ruvalcaba and ‎Ariane Baroni (1994, 83). While it translates literally as provide food ("dar de comer" in some sources), perhaps it became equated with servant, similar to tetlacualti.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

franco. tlamaca

Gloss Normalization: 

Francisco Tlamaca

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

sustentar, alimentar, dar de comer, servir, nombres de hombres

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

Servir o Alimentar

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 777r, 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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: