huaquixochitl (MH487v)

huaquixochitl (MH487v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for dry or withered (huaqui) flowers (xochitl) shows one four-petaled flower standing upright in a vase. The flower has a small point between each petal and a round circle at the center, resulting in a quincunx shape. It does not appear withered, so perhaps it is dried. The vase has a flared top and bottom, and a bulbous center. At the widest point of the founded center of the vase are two horizontal lines; similar lines also appear where the rounded portion meets the upper and lower flares. Additionally, well-spaced vertical lines run from the top to the bottom of the vase.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Flowers with a similar shape to this one appear below. Even one of the examples of Tonal echoes this shape. But, an Advanced Search featuring the Cultural Content choice "Flowers" will bring up a large variety of flower shapes. A similar vase to the one in this glyph above can be found in the compound for Xochipoloa (below).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huexotzinco, Matrícula de (MH)

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Xitlali Torres


flowers, flores, vases, envases, dried, secas

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 487v, 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).