Totec (MH507r)

Totec (MH507r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Totec shows a man's head in profile, looking to the viewer's left. On his head he seems to wear a laurel wreath or a string of flowers. His head it tilted somewhat downward. His visible eye is open.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The name starts with "To-" which might be the first person plural "Our," followed by "Tec," short for Tecuhtli (Lord). So, the name might translate "Our Lord." If the man in this glyph is wearing a laurel wreath on his head, this would represent a significant influence from European artistic traditions. See Ovid wearing one, for example, in Wikipedia.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Mateo Totec

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Other Cultural Influences: 

posesivos, possessives

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

Nuestro Señor

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 507r, 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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