Cuapeso (MH579v)

Cuapeso (MH579v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Cuapeso (“Head-Scale,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a frontal view of a European-style scale involving a balance with two cups suspended from a horizontal bar that is also suspended itself. A vertical bar hangs down between the cups.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The loanword "peso" came from Spanish into Nahuatl, often as peso and sometimes as pexo (and other spellings), as our Online Nahuatl Dictionary shows. Peso refers to the weight or weighing (the verb is pesar). Balanza is typically the word for the scale. It is unclear what the "head" (cua or cuaitl) part of the name indicates. Perhaps the baby who was given this name had a heavy head?

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juā. guapeso

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Cuapeso

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

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Other Cultural Influences: 

weights, pesos, balances, scales, heads, cabezas, balanzas, quapeso, cuapexo, quapexo

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

cua, head,
cua(itl), head,
peso, a scale, or a coin, a Spanish unit of money; this is a loanword from Spanish,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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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