Zacatilma (MH574r)

Zacatilma (MH574r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Zacatilma (“Grass Cape,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a full view of a cape (tilmatli) with an extended string tie and grass or straw (zacatl) hanging down from the string.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The tilma was a garment worn by men. It was an attire often reserved for the elite of society. This one, being made of zacate, which was rough, might have been more accessible to humbler men. Manuel Orozco y Berra noted that these capes were worn by rural people who wanted to protect themselves from the rain. Other names for these capes were zacaquequemitl and pachón, the latter being Spanish for fuzzy. [See: Historia antigua y de la conquista de México: 1.pte (1880, 488).]

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

peo. Çacatilma

Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Zacatilma

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

grasses, straw, hay, hierbas, paja, tilmas

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