Cuixtli (MH515v)

Cuixtli (MH515v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph of the personal name Cuixtli (here, attested as a man's name) shows a bird that is apparently a kite, a small bird of prey. It is shown in a semi-frontal view, but facing toward the viewer's right. Its wings are raised. They are colored gray and red (a pink or purple-red). Its one visible eye is open, as is its beak.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Our Online Nahuatl Dictionary attests to this being a man's name, and it is found to be still in use late into the seventeenth century). But is is also attested elsewhere to have been held by a woman in 1595. (See a list of Mexican baptisms in MyHeritage.) Also, in a linguistics blog post, David Wright quotes Seler: "Cuitli is undoubtedly a dialect expression for cuixtli (cuixin, cuiztli), the name of a smaller bird of prey (cuixin, 'milano'). I find cuixtli as a proper name, for instance, in the list of names of Almoyauacan in the Manuscit Mexicain number 3, Bibliotheque Nationale (see a, figure 41)."

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

Juao cuix tli

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Cuixtli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

birds, pájaros, birds of prey, aves de rapiña

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

cuix(tli), a kite, i.e. a small bird of prey,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Milano (un pequeño ave de rapiña)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 515v, 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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