Tlamauh (MH759r)

Tlamauh (MH759r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tlamauh (“Wise one” or "Knowledgeable One," attested here as a man's name) consists of a man in profile. He is looking toward the viewer's right. His hair is tied at the neck. He seems to have a small goatee/beard.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Having long hair is not a common hairstyle for the average Nahua man of this period. So, this man stands out. Most glyphs for the name Tlamauh (also spelled Tlamao) simply show an eye (ixtli), apparently short for ixtlamati, which is another term for a wise person. The kind of knowledge and wisdom that comes through experience, witnessing and personally experiencing things in life, seems to make the "eye" relevant.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

peo. tlamao

Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Tlamauh (or Pedro Tlamao)

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

knowledge, wisdom, conocimiento, sabiduría, brujería, engaño, ne or nen syllable, nombres de hombres

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

tlamauh, wise one, knowledgeable person, or possibly sorcerer,
tlamauh(tli), crazed, berzerk, or infected,
ix(tli), eye,
ixtlamati, to be wise, prudent,
tlamati, to know something, to jest, or to practice "sorcery" (verb),
tlamatini, a sage, wise person, scholar,
tlama, someone knowledgeable, also a medico,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

El Sabio

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 759r, 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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