Coxi (MH502r)

Coxi (MH502r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Coxi (“Spinning Top,” attested here as a man’s name) shows what may be a spinning top children's toy, although it appears to have a cone (hat?) with rectangular additions on top, along with what could be curving handles or scrolls/volutes. It does not have an obvious point at the bottom upon which it might spin.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This glyph is puzzling and deserves further investigation. The Spanish word "trompo" that is given as a translation for coxi (spinning top) is also the term for the spit upon which pork is stacked and rotated for roasting and shaving into tacos (as in "tacos al pastor"). See:

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Andrés Coxin

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


spinning tops, trompos, toys, jugetes

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

El Trompo

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 502r, 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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: