Cima (MH520r)

Cima (MH520r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name, Cima ("Wild Potato," attested as a man's name), shows a symmetrical group of three root vegetables (cimatl). The roots have a round bulbous shape with a somewhat skinny part lowest down. Above the roots are three sprigs of what would be greenery. The roots have some shading, suggesting the light source is coming from the right. This shading suggests European stylistic influence.

Added Analysis: 

Apparently, this is both a wild potato (cimatl) and a medicinal plant (cimapatli or cimapahtli, with the glottal stop), which has been abbreviated in the name.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

xpooual çima

Gloss Normalization: 

Cristobal Cima

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Other Cultural Influences: 

roots, raíces, plantas, plants, medicinas, herbs, hierbas

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

cima(tl), an edible root of an herb,
cimapah(tli), medicinal plant of the bean family the root of which can be used to induce vomiting,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Raíz o Tubérculo Comestible

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 520r, 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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