Elotl (MH745v)

Elotl (MH745v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name, Elotl (“Fresh Corn Cob”), is attested here as a man’s name. It shows one vertical cob of corn, missing the husk that once enclosed it, but still retaining a bit of silk at the top. The kernels are visible.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Elote is a major feature of Mexican cuisine. With 5,000+ records in this database (spring 2024), the noun xilotl (green corn) is much more in evidence than the noun elotl (ripened corn). This is somewhat surprising, given that the Hispanized form, elote, is much more common in Mexican Spanish than jilote.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 

elo(tl), a fresh ear of maize, not yet dried, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/acolhua

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 745v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=569&st=image

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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