cihuatl (MH607r)

cihuatl (MH607r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a compound glyph of the noun cihuatl (woman), which doubles as the compound glyph for the personal name, Tetzauhcihuatl. The glyph shows the head of a woman (cihuatl) in profile, looking toward the viewer's right. Her hairstyle (the neaxtlahualli) is a diagnostic for "woman." But on her cheek is also the phonetic syllable "hua," the two vertical black lines that are suggested by the verb huahuana, to make stripes, which has both a phonetic indication and a semantic reading (at times) for "woman."

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

See some examples, below, of the hua phonetic syllable having taken on a semantic reading for "woman."

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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


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

la mujer

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 607r, 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).