Cuauhtziquitl (MH661v)

Cuauhtziquitl (MH661v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Cuauhtziquitl (“Small Tree”?) is attested here as a man’s name. The glyph includes a frontal view of a tree (cuahuitl) with two branches, a striped trunk, and visible roots. Surrounding the top half of the tree are eight small circles, not colored in. These small circles seem to point to the noun tziquiton or tziquitzin, which are two ways of referring to a little bit. If so, the small circles represent a visual diminutive. The gloss adds an absolutive ending to the noun tziqui, which has been identified by Frances Karttunen. See our Online Nahuatl Dictionary.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Another example of a visual diminutive is the stone in Teton (MH593r), below. The visual effect of the small circles might also seem to suggest deciduous leaves falling from a tree, which could, in turn, be a reference to a seasonal change. This digital collection includes a wide array of hieroglyphs representing a variety of trees. See a few examples below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

matheo Cuauhtziquitl

Gloss Normalization: 

Mateo Cuauhtziquitl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

trees, árboles, chiquito, hojas, nombres de hombres

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

Árbol Chiquito

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 661v, 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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