Cuilol (MH829r)

Cuilol (MH829r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name and occupation Cuilol (literally, a "A Painting," but could be "A Piece of Writing"), here attested as a man's name. The glyph shows a bound book with what appears to be alphabetic writing on it, showing European influence. A (left) hand with a vertical writing implement appears either in front or behind the book. Given this agency, perhaps the translation would be better as "Writer," but writer is tlacuilo, and this is glossed as though a personal name, not put in the place where we find occupation glyphs.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Marc Thouvenot suggested the tracking of words that contain "cuil" as a fruitful line of inquiry. A great many of these glyphs have to do with writing and painting. The term tlacuilo is very well known and so very important for understanding Indigenous writing and painting traditions. Writing and painting overlapped in pre-contact times and into the Spanish colonial era, too. But gradually, Nahuas' thinking about writing began to diverge from painting as they increasingly wrote using the Roman alphabet.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juā cuilol

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Cuilol

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


nombres de hombres, escritor, pintor, libros, escrituras, cuadros, pintar, escribir

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

Escritura (?)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 829r, 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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