tlamatqui (MH628v)

tlamatqui (MH628v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the tlamatqui ("health practitioner") occupation. The gloss identifies the occupation in the plural (tlamatque, or tlamatqueh with the glottal stop), along with the number three in roman numerals, suggesting this page included three healers. The glyph shows a person's right hand holding a sack somewhat below the upper edge. Vertical lines attest to the bag's being gathered, giving it a three-dimensionality. Straight lines rise above the sack's opening, too. It is unclear what these represent.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The glyph for tlama, another way of referring to a physician/healer, is somewhat similar, but it is represented by a ceramic jug with things coming out of the top.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

tlamatque iii.

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


bags, sacks, hands, manos, bolsas, salud, médico, embaucadores

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

tlamatqui, a health practitioner, midwife, or trickster,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

médico o embaucador

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 628v, 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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