Tzontli (MH631r)

Tzontli (MH631r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph/notation for the personal name Tzontli ("400") is attested here as a man's name. The glyph shows a vertical bundle of sticks (or perhaps hairs), tied together at about the middle. This is a standard notation for the number four hundred (tzontli), typically found on codices where items of tributes in large numbers would be counted.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

A glyph for a tzontli can also involve a large lock of hair or even a tree.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Tzontli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


números, nombres de hombres, palos atados

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

tzon(tli), hair, head, the number 400,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 631r, 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: