Cuezcon (MH676r)

Cuezcon (MH676r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Cuezcon ("Granary") is attested here as a man's name. It shows a tall grain storage container (cuezcomatl) sitting on a structure, perhaps wooden. These structures usually contained corn. The exterior seems to be thatched.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The apocopation of cuezcomatl leaves cuezcon-, dropping away the final "a" plus the absolutive. The dropping of an absolutive is not unusual in personal names, and the change from "m" to "n" at the end of a noun root is not unusual. For instance, cuemitl (agricultural row) goes to cuen- in cuentlan. Or quemitl (ritual bib) goes to -quen in xochiquen.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

domingo cuezcō

Gloss Normalization: 

Domingo Cuezcon

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Syntax (patterns): 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


corn, maize, maíz, almacenes, almacenamiento, granarios

Museum & Rare Book Comparisons: 
Museum/Rare Book Notes: 

This example of a cuezcomatl (maize storage structure) is found in the modern state of Morelos, Mexico. It was published to Wikimedia Commons, from Turismo Temoac. The name for this structure in contemporary Mexican Spanish is cuexcomate (unnecessarily, with the "x" replacing the "z").

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

cuezcoma(tl), corncrib, maize storage structure,

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 676r, 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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