Cahualoc (MH491v)

Cahualoc (MH491v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Cahualoc shows the head of a man (in profile, facing toward the viewer's right) and next to this is a large, upright, open left hand in a frontal view.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The gloss points to a reading of someone left behind, employing the verb cahua, to leave, and the passive -lo, to be left. Perhaps the hand could add to the semantic value of leaving something, but the hand can also be a phonetic complement for the syllable "hua" (in cahua). Often the hand that intends the "hua" syllable, however, is grasping, as Lacadena (2008b, 42) points out.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

pedro caballoc

Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Cahualoc

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content & Iconography: 

dejar, leave, abandonar, verbo pasivo, passive verb

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

El Abandonado

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 491r, 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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