Tlaxinqui (MH522r)

Tlaxinqui (MH522r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for the personal name (or perhaps occupation) Tlaxinqui ("Carpenter," attested her as a man's name) shows an axe, suggesting the cutting of wood. This axe has a curved handle, a red triangular blade, and an added support (possibly a cord) across the curve of the handle. The head of the axe is on the viewer's right.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The gloss for this name inadvertently omits the "n," but the noun comes from the verb xima, to cut or shave, which has the stem xin-. The red color for this axe may imply that it is made from copper. It is similar in shape and design to the tepoztli (copper axe)--see below. The texinqui axe may be meant for carving stone as opposed to cutting wood. For other examples of the glyph for the occupation tlaxinqui (not the name, as it seems to be here), see the Gran Diccionario Náhuatl, This occupation is referenced several times in the Matrícula de Huexotzinco.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

thomas tlaxiqui

Gloss Normalization: 

Tomás Tlaxinqui

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzinco, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

José Aguayo-Barragán, Stephanie Wood


axes, hachas, tools, herramientas

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

El Carpintero

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

José Aguayo-Barragán

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 552r, 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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