Cuicuil (MH647r)

Cuicuil (MH647r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Cuicuil (perhaps "A Painting") is attested here as a man's name. It features a rectangle with swirls inside and squiggles outside. It could be possible that the multiple swirls and squiggles provide a visual for the reduplication in the name (as shown in the gloss).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Is this meant to be a cuilolli, perhaps a variant of ihcuilōlli, whose usual form is tlahcuilōlli, referring to a piece of writing or a painting, as noted in our Online Nahuatl Dictionary, citing A. Wimmer (2004). While the visual here suggests a painting, this may serve as a phonetic indicator for the name Cuicuil in the sense of pocked, freckled, or the like, if we note the same name from the Matrícula de Huexotzinco from folio 526 verso (below).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 


Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


pintar, girar, remolino, curvilíneo, curvo, escribir, papel

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

cuicuiloa, to paint something many colors,
cuicuiltic, something painted or spotted,
cuilol(li), a painting, patterns, or designs,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Pintura, o Pintado o Manchado

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 647r, 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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