Atle Icuauh (MH737v)

Atle Icuauh (MH737v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Atle Icuauh (or Atleicuauh, perhaps “Lacking Wood”) is attested here as a man’s name. The glyph is a tree with the branches chopped off, which is what may suggest “wood” more than “tree,” but either one could work. Atle, which means “nothing,” together with the possessive pronoun, suggests he does not have any wood or trees. Neither of these elements enters into the glyph visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

árboles, madera, no tener, faltar, nombres de hombres

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

atle, nothing,
i- (third-person singular possessive), his, ; cuahu(itl), tree or wood

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Él Falta Madera

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 737v, 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).

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