Huapotl (MH661r)

Huapotl (MH661r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for Huapotl (“Sea Bream”) is attested here as a man’s name. It shows a swirling water hole and what must be a fishing pole lying across it at an angle. If so, then this is a semantic reading for huapotl given that no fish appear in the elements.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This same glyph could serve for words such as michaxiliztli or michmaliztli, among others. Interestingly, fishing was often done with nets, so one question is whether the pole here is indigenous or suggests an adoption of European practices.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

antonio. huapotl.

Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio Huapotl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

pescar, pescado, agua, palo, nombres de hombres

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

huapo(tl), a type of fish, perhaps the two-banded sea bream,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 661r, 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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