Tzanaquen (MH632r)

Tzanaquen (MH632r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tzanaquen is attested here as a man’s name. It shows the head and shoulders of a man in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. Covering the man's shoulders is a garment (quemitl) that is white with black feathers, apparently from the tzanatl bird.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Tzanaquen

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: 

birds, pájaros, feathers, plumas, ropa, religión, nombres de hombres

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

tzana(tl), a bird,
quem(itl), a garment, sometimes a ritual bib,
tzanaquem(itl), a garment made from tzanatl feathers,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Prenda con Plumas del Zanate

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 632r, 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: