Axoqu[en] (MH535r)

Axoqu[en] (MH535r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the agricultural tool called the axoquen shows a frontal view of a shovel-like tool with a bent handle (probably wooden). At the end of the handle may be a bird head, given that "axoquen" is also a name for a bird (see our Online Nahuatl Dictionary). Alternatively, the animal head may be from a serpent (coatl), given that digging sticks came to be called coas in Mexican Spanish. This animal head is shown in profile, facing toward the viewer's right.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Dionisio Axoquen

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


tools, herramientas, agricultura, farming, agriculture, snakes, serpientes, serpents, víboras

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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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