Cima (MH626v)

Cima (MH626v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Cima ("Wild Potato") is attested here as a man’s name. It shows a plant with two curving stalks and about five leaves. At the base of the plant is a symmetrical pair of wild potatoes with small roots below them.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Tomás Cima

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


tubers, bulbs, roots, edible, comestibles, raíces, tubérculos, plantas, comida, food

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

cima(tl), plant with edible root,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Raíz o Tubérculo Comestible

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 626v, 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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