tlapallacuilo (MH811r)

tlapallacuilo (MH811r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for tlapallacuilo, refers to the occupation, "one who writes or paints with colors." This can often refer to red paint, but not exclusively. The glyph here shows a small round pot of paint, seemingly full of paint (a dark color), and a painting instrument sticking out of the pot at an angle to the left.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Most glyphs in this digital collection that represent the similar occupation, tlacuilo, show simply the implement for writing or painting. One has red paint at the tip of what appears to be a brush. See below. Those examples also include one personal name "Tlacuilol," which is short for tlacuilolli and retains the "l" at the end, means something written or painted. It is an implement, too.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

oficios, occupations, trabajo, pintor, pintores, pintura a colores, pintura roja

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Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 

tlapal(li), paint, dye, often red,
tlacuilo, writer/painter,
tlapallacuilo, painter, specializes in red paint,

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 811r, 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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