Amoxtli (MH778v)

Amoxtli (MH778v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Amoxtli ("Book") is attested here as a man's name, and interestingly, he is a tlacuilo (writer/painter) by occupation, as the contextualizing image shows. The glyph for the man's name, Amoxtli, shows an open book, bound in the middle, and each page is covered with little lines that imitate alphabetic writing.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This is hieroglyphic writing about alphabetic writing is more the norm. It is rare to find glyphs for a piece of writing that involve something like a codex with hieroglyphs on the page. See two of the latter, below (unglossed glyphs we have named tlacuiloliztli). See below, too, for other books or papers that seem to suggest alphabetic writing.

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


libros, escrituras, escribir, educación, nombres de hombres

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 778v, 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: