Tlapic (MH624v)

Tlapic (MH624v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tlapic ("In Vain," "Without Purpose," or "Something Wrapped in Corn Husks") is attested here as a man's name. It is a round ball that appears to be wrapped with several strips, looking much like some of the glyphs for tamalli. It also resembles a ball of string or yarn. A (right) hand curves around the ball. The visual is probably a phonetic indicator for one of the more negative names mentioned above.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

AN alternative interpretation, "liar" is found in the extended definition of tlapictli, but there is nothing in the visual elements that suggest this, necessarily. Still, "In Vain" and "Without Purpose" are translations of tlapic, so perhaps the two words tlapic and tlapictli overlap. slightly.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Tlapic

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


envoltura, something wrapped, tamales, tamal, tamalli, thread, yarn, textiles, lies, mentiras, falsedades, nombres de hombres

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

tlapic, in vain or without purpose,
tlapic(tli), something wrapped in corn husks, etc., or a falsehood,
picc(atl), a wrapping,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Algo Envuelto

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 624v, 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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