Tlamaceuh (MH529v)

Tlamaceuh (MH529v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This iconographic example, a portrait of a man in a 3/4 view, facing right, shows him fully clothed with trousers, a Spanish-style, long-sleeve, cuffed shirt that is belted, sandals, and a hat. He still wears a cape tied on the shoulder and Nahua sandal-like shoes with ties, and he carries an Indigenous agricultural tool, a digging stick, the huictli. The gloss names him as Diego Tlamaceuh, the "Deserving One."

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

A similar word to tlamaceuh was tlalmacehua, one who was deserving and won the land for the people, i.e., a person who was a town founder and an ancestor. The presence of a huictli, or digging stick, here seems to allude to this person's role as having a landed and agricultural component. This figure is very reminiscent of the macuiltecpanpixqui glyph (below). Also, the contextualizing image shows a number of flags, with perhaps the fifth one running into the margin. It may result that this man was a guard for 100 tribute payers.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

diego tlamaçeuh

Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Tlamaceuh

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

oficiales, merecer, herramientas, agricultura

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

El Merecido

Image Source: 
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: