Tlilli (MH605r)

Tlilli (MH605r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This thick vertical line in a rectangular shape represents the simplex glyph for tlilli (black ink or just the color black), which is attested here as a man's name.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Tlilli can also refer to soot, and things that are soiled. Tliltique (or tliltiqueh, with the glottal stop) were black people. Tlilli (black) will be found paired with tlapalli (red or color) in a diphrasism that refers to writing/painting.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

pedro tlili

Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Tlilli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

negro, colores, negros, gente esclavizada, escrituras

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

la tinta negra

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 605r, 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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: