Tlapalihuitl (MH509r)

Tlapalihuitl (MH509r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tlapalihuitl (here, attested as a man's name), shows two upright feathers (ihuitl). Some extra lines appear at the bottom of the feathers. Tlapalli can refer to the color red, making this name "Red Feathers," but no color is shown.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The first part of the name (tlapal-) can refer to side feathers, wing feathers. The noun atlapalli, can refer to a bird's wing. The presence of two feathers just might be a reference to a feather on the side (perhaps from centlapalli, on the side). If so, then this could be a compound glyph rather than a simplex.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Tlapalihuitl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

feathers, plumas, dye, teñir

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

Plumas Coloradas

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 509r, 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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