Cahuaxochitl (MH736r)

Cahuaxochitl (MH736r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Cahuaxochitl (perhaps “Cacao Flower”) is attested here as man’s name. The glyph shows two stems with flowers, each with three visible petals and a three-part sepal. The tops of the petals have been darkened. Above each flower is a white, half-balloon shape. Deciphering the visuals, the flowers clearly stand for the -xochitl part of the name. The role of the hand, if it can be considered “grasping,” might be to provide the “hua” syllable of Cahua-. The upper, white parts of the flower may hint at cacahuatl, cacao bean or nut.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

flores, hierba, cacao, nombres de hombres

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

cahuaxochi(tl), “cacao” flower, an herb
xochi(tl), flower,
cacahua(tl), cacao bean or nut,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Flor de Cacao

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 736r, 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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