Chichicuepon (MH522V)

Chichicuepon (MH522V)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Chichicuepon (“Dog-Bloom?” attested here as a man’s name) shows a blooming or opening (cueponi) flower in a frontal view. The flower has three prominent petals. Below the flower appears an animal head, probably a small dog (chichi), looking toward the viewer's right.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

It is unclear whether the "chichi" (dog) element in the name is literal or a phonetic indicator for a certain kind of flower. A large percentage of flowers in the Matrícula de Huexotzinco have three predominant petals, like this one. The flowers in the Codex Mendoza are somewhat different, although one type has three petals, too.

There was a poet-lord called Chichicuepon who ruled in Chalco in the fifteenth century. [See: Miguel León-Portilla, Fifteen Poets of the Aztec World, 1992, 249. And, in A Nahuatl-English Dictionary and Concordance to the Cantares Mexicanos (1985, 77), John Bierhorst mentions two men named Chichicuepon. One was the ruler of the Chalcan town of Opochhuacan who died in 1332, and one was a Chalcan noble who died in 1458. Bierhorst cites Chimalpahin.]

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

Juā chichicuepo

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Chichicuepon

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

José Aguayo-Barragán

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

dogs, perros, flowers, flores, abrir, brotar, open, bloom, blossom

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

Perro-Flor Abriendo

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 522v, 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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