Tlapaltecatl (MH832r)

Tlapaltecatl (MH832r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black, white, and red drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tlapaltecatl (perhaps "One from Tlapallan") is attested here as a man's name. The translation is elusive, as the glyph is difficult to identify. It looks a little bit like a nopalli cactus with a flower on top. That it is red (tlapalli) is important. The -tecatl suffix of affiliation is rarely shown visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

There was a famous warrior called Tlapaltecatl Opochtzin who wore regalia that involved dressing like a quetzal-owl and fighting against the invading Spaniards in the early sixteenth century. See our Online Nahuatl Dictionary entry for Tlapaltecatl.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juā tlapaltecatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Tlapaltecatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

rojo, persona de tlapallan, nombres de hombres

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Persona de Tlapallan

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 832r, 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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