Hualacic (MH499r)

Hualacic (MH499r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Hualacic (here, attested as a man’s name) shows a human figure in motion, walking toward the viewer's right. The name can be broken down into Hual- ("in this direction") and -acic ("he arrived"). But the name Hualacic also means "Newly Arrived," and might therefore be a description for a newborn baby when he was given this name.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The stylistics of this human figure suggests European influence. The elevation of one arm and the forward position of one leg emphasize a forward movement. If it were coming toward the viewer, instead of being shown in profile, it might bring to mind hual- ("this direction") better, but that might have required even more European influence.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Francisco Hualacic

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

Other Cultural Influences: 

walking, andando, arriving, llegando, por aca, in this direction

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

Recién Llegado

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 499r, 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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