Tzintzon (MH660r)

Tzintzon (MH660r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Tzintzon (“Buttocks Hair”) is attested here as a man’s name. It shows the lower half of a man’s body–evident that this is male because of the belt of a loincloth being visible–and long black hairs come out from his rear end.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Nahua scribes were not shy about pointing to the rear end. Usually, this body part was used phonetically to supply the reverential suffix -tzin, nothing to do with anatomy. Here, however, and in the example of the name Miexqui (“Gassy One,” below), attention is drawn to the buttocks in a logographic way.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

Dabiā. tzintzō

Gloss Normalization: 

Damián Tzintzon

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

traseros, loincloth, pelos, nalgas, taparrabos, nombres de hombres

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

Pelo del Ano

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 660r, 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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