Tlatecahua (MH737r)

Tlatecahua (MH737r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Tlaltecahua (“He Leaves Land to Someone”) is attested here as a man’s name. It shows a rectangle of land (tlalli) that is divided along a diagonal. The lower-left half is black, and the upper-right half is dotted, suggesting that it has been seeded. Above the agricultural field is a person reclining and facing upward, with his eyes closed and hands as though in prayer (in a Western manner, perhaps). He may be dead, which would explain the use of the verb cahua (to leave something).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


sementeras, semillas, cuerpo humano, muerto, muerte, herencia, nombres de hombres

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

tlal(li), land,
cahua, to leave something,
te- (non-specific human object prefix), to someone or to people,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Él Deja Tierras a Alguien

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 737r, 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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