Hualacic (MH503r)

Hualacic (MH503r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Hualacic ("Newly Arrived," attested here as a man's name) shows a profile view of a tall, thin person (likely a man) walking toward the viewer's right. This man has a long, upright stick in his left hand, and the stick has a triangular blade attached to it. The implication may be that he has just arrived (hualacic) to work in the fields.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The way the man is reaching out with his hand to the stick may be an added semantic indicator for the verb aci, which not only means to arrive but also to reach out with the hand. The name "Recently Arrived" makes sense for a baby, especially if the parents named the baby shortly after it was born.

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 & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


arrive, llegar, recently, recién llegado

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

hualacic, came to arrive; newly arrived,
hual-, in this direction,
aci, to arrive, or to reach with the hand,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Recién Llegado

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 503r, 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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