tlamama (TR41v)

tlamama (TR41v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography is provided here to serve as a comparison-visual for vocabulary such as tlamama (one who carries something) and cacaxtli (carrying frame). It shows a man in profile, walking toward the viewer's left. In his right hand, he carries a tall, segmented staff (like a hiking stick?). He wears a white loincloth and white sandals with red (leather?) ties. A tumpline goes over his forehead. On his back is a carrying frame with a gray bundle (quimilli?) with white straps. Attached to the top strap is a (wooden?) apparatus that involves possibly three sticks and a red object at the top, between two of the sticks.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

cacaxtli, tumpline, estructura para llevar cosas en la espalda, cacaxtla, cacax

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

tlamama, a porter, one who carries things,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

tameme, transportador

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 41 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection,

Image Source, Rights: 

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