Tlapayauh (MH543r)

Tlapayauh (MH543r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for the personal name Tlapayauh ("It Has Rained Lightly for a Long Time," attested here as a man's name) shows four triangular, short streams of rainwater, painted turquoise blue. The turquoise-blue triangles have small white circles at their lower ends. The four short streams alternate, low to high, low to high, from the viewer's left to the right, in a way that suggests visual movement (rain falling).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Short streams of water such as this (for example, in the glyphs for quihayuitl, rain) often have black lines of current down the middle of the triangles, but these do not. Also, the use of turquoise blue paint in the Matrícular de Huexotzinco is rare (but not in the Codex Mendoza). See some comparisons below.

Note the interesting spelling here in the gloss for the first name, Pardasal (Baltazar). We are tracking patterns in the evolution of orthography, and this one contributes evidence of four patterns. (See below.)

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

pardasal tlapayauh

Gloss Normalization: 

Baltazar Tlapayauh

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

tlapayahui, to rain gently a long time,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Llovía Ligeramente por Mucho Tiempo

Image Source: 
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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