Cuauhxoxoc (MH490r)

Cuauhxoxoc (MH490r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for green wood or a green tree (cuauhxoxoc) stands for the personal name of a man, Juan Cuauhxoxoc. It shows a bare, bifurcated tree trunk with a few simple roots. The top of the tree has been chopped off, which may suggest that lumber--more than "tree"--is indicated. The green nature of the wood is not indicated visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

It is not clear here whether "green" refers to the wood (not seasoned firewood) or to the color of the new growth in spring. In a compound glyph that is another example of this same name (below), the tree has a sprig of new growth, which seems to clarify the significance better. This one may be shorthand.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

Juā quauhxoxoc

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Cuauhxoxoc

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzinco, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

José Aguayo-Barragán


trees, wood, árboles, madera, green, verde

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 483r, 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: