Chihuapol (MH741v)

Chihuapol (MH741v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Chihuapol (perhaps “Does Poorly”) is attested here as a woman’s name. The glyph shows three diamond shapes. Two of them are divided in half--more or less--on the diagonal. The third one is not divided. The one that is not divided has a lot of markings that are reminiscent of planted seeds. The other two have these dots in just one half. The gist of the glyph seems to reference working the fields. Compare these shapes and the iconography against agricultural parcels (tlalli and milli), below.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Having three parcels would not necessarily suggest a wretched situation. Perhaps they are small. Perhaps the quality of the land is lacking. Or perhaps the implication that a person might not be a skilled farmer--?

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


agricultura, sementeras, parcelas, hacer mal trabajo, nombres de mujeres

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

posiblemente, Trabajo Desdichado

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 741v, 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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