Elotl (MH759r)

Elotl (MH759r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Elotl is attested here as a man's name. It shows an upright corncob, kernels visible, and some silk remaining at the top. The husk has been removed.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The term and name Xilotl is much more common than Elotl in this collection. Perhaps the name Xilotl, which refers to the corn cob when still forming kernels was more akin to a new baby (as a metaphor) than Elotl, which had already formed its kernels.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


maíz, elote, comida, nombres de hombres

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

elo(tl), fresh ear of corn with kernels formed, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/elotl
xilo(tl), ear of corn with kernels still forming, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/xilotl

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 759r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=596&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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