Cuictli (MH524r)

Cuictli (MH524r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing for the simplex glyph of the personal name Cuictli shows four speech scrolls, curling under, and heading in the direction of the viewer's right.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

In other contexts speech scrolls can stand for cuica (to sing) or cuicatl (song). Neither of these words is quite what the name (as glossed) is. But most likely this is a variant of cuicatl and the name is "Song." See John Bierhorst, A Nahuatl-English Dictionary and Concordance to the Cantares Mexicanos (1985), 714.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

matheo cuictli

Gloss Normalization: 

Mateo Cuictli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


song, canciones, volutas, volutes, speech scrolls

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

La Canción

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 524r, 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: