Xiuhtecatl (MH626v)

Xiuhtecatl (MH626v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of six squares and, below them, a long open-ended rectangle stands for the personal name or occupation Xiuhtecatl (here, attested as pertaining to a man). The small squares are like turquoise (xihuitl) tesserae that were used for making mosaics. Below those squares, the long rectangle might be a piece of stone (tetl), which could be a phonetic indicator for the -tecatl in this name or occupation.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

A feather worker was an amantecatl, and therefore, a xiuhtecatl may have been an artisan who worked with turquoise. Seemingly, the turquoise (xihuitl) pieces are a phonetic indicator for the start of this occupation or name (Xiuh-).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Baltazar Xiuhtecatl

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): 

turquoise, turquesa, artisans, artesanos, mosaics, mosaicos, tesserae, teselas

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

Un Artesano Que Trabaja con Turquesa (_)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 626v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=335st=image.

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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