Cihuaizte (MH569r)

Cihuaizte (MH569r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Cihuaizte ("Woman's Fingernail," attested here as a man’s name) shows the head of a woman (cihuatl) shown in profile, looking toward the viewer's right. Below that is a horizontal fingertip, shaded at the top, and with a large fingernail (iztetl) sticking out to the right. There may be a possessive pronoun (-i-) that became elided with the "i" at the start of iztetl.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This Nahua name is preceded in the gloss by a Christian first name (Toribio). He may have been named after Toribio de Benavente, also known as Motolinia ("One Who is Poor or Afflicted"). This was the first word he learned in Nahuatl, and he went on to learn the language well. He lived in the monastery in Huejotzingo. Doing a quick search for the name "Toribio" will produce an impressive result.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

toribio çiua yzte

Gloss Normalization: 

Toribio Cihuaizte

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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

woman, women, mujeres, fingernails, uñas

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Uña de Mujer

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 569r, 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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