Tlapayauh (MH758v)

Tlapayauh (MH758v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

Descrip: This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Tlapayauh (“Light Rain Has Fallen),” attested here as a man’s name) shows some clouds, an arch that may represent the sky, a small circle with a dot in the center, and eight lines of rain coming from the circle. Each vertical line of rain as a droplet at the bottom, and all the droplets end in a horizontal row.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

For another sky that arches, see the glyph for Ilhuicaxochitl, below. It could be fruitful to investigate the shapes of skies, given that a sky band could be horizontal, such as appears in the glyph for Ilhuicamina, also below. Does a curving sky appear in pre-contact art, or was it introduced by Europeans, a feature of Christianity?

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

lluvia ligera, neblina, nubes, nombres de hombres

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

Llovía Ligeramente por Mucho Tiempo

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 758v, 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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