tzintli (Chav1)

tzintli (Chav1)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the element representing a buttocks (tzintli) has been carved from the place name Chiyauhtzinco, where it played a phonetic role. Here, separated from the rest of that compound, this element could be seen as a simplex noun and just a logogram. This is a much more elaborate drawing of a half of a human in profile (facing right) than the earlier glyph for tzintli. Shading is added for three-dimensionality, suggesting European stylistic influence. The person is wearing tied sandals. He has a belt around his waist, which may suggest a loincloth. The legs are in different positions, possibly suggesting movement.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

nalgas, asentadero, rear end, bottom, seat

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

las nalgas

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

The Codex Chavero of Huexotzinco (or Códice Chavero de Huexotzinco),

Image Source, Rights: 

The Codex Chavero of Huexotzinco (or Códice Chavero de Huexotzinco) is held by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México. It is published online by the World Digital Library and the Library of Congress, which is “unaware of any copyright or other restrictions in the World Digital Library Collection.”