Chichimecatl (MH784v)

Chichimecatl (MH784v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal/ethnic name Chichimecatl (referring to someone from the Chichimeca region and culture group) is attested here as a man's name. The glyph is a bow and arrow, pointing toward the viewer's right. The arrow point has two barbs.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

the bow and arrow is practically a Chichimec signature. In the other examples, below, another recurring feature identified with Chichimecss is the face paint (or tattooing?) involving criss-crossing lines across the cheek.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juo chichimecatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Chichimecatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


etnicidades, chichimecas, cazar, arcos, flechas, nombres de hombres

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

chichimeca(tl), an Indigenous person from the North,

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 784v, 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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: