Aocnel (MH778v)

Aocnel (MH778v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Aocnel is attested here as a man's name. It shows a spiral with six little branches coming off of it. These little branches also seem to have little buds or flowers. It is not clear which element stands for aoc- and white for -nel.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Orozco y Berra (see our dictionary entry) suggests "good for nothing" or "null" as a translation. Aoc (an adverb) means no longer. Nel was originally short for nelli (an adjective), true, but James Lockhart explains that it became ubiquitous in particle combinations, losing the meaning of "true." See Lockhart's explanation in our Online Nahuatl Dictionary entry for canel. Another personal name glyph for Aocnel in this collection seems to show a mortar and pestle, perhaps suggesting that this plant was a medicinal.

The man who bore this name was a tlacuilo (writer/painter). The glyph for this occupation can be seen in the contextualizing image to the left of the man's head.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 

plantas, medicinas, remolino, nombres de hombres

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

Bueno Para Nada

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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: