tzontli (MH518v)

tzontli (MH518v)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for hair (tzontli) comes from the compound personal name Cuatzon. The man with the name Cuatzon, who is shown in profile and facing right, has extra hair sticking out below a man's usual hair length (which is just covering the ears). This extra hair bends back behind him, and it has a jagged edge.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Often, the tzontli comes off the top of the head, and many times it is wrapped or tied so that it stands up. The name Temilo is often accompanied by such a lock. Otherwise, tzontli can also refer to the number 400, and when it does, it often looks like a tree or a feather.
See the comparisons, below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

pelos, cabello, hair, hairstyles, heads, cabezas

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

el pelo

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 518v, 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).