Huauhtli (MH784v)

Huauhtli (MH784v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Huauhtli ("Amaranth") is attested here as a man's name. The glyph consists of a group of dots that are meant to represent amaranth (huauhtli) in seed form.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Forty-five species of amaranth are native to Mesoamerica. See Octavio Paredes-Lopez, Amaranth Biology, Chemistry, and Technology (2018). Also, "eighteen imperial granaries were filled with this seed each year, each granary having a capacity of 4,000 to 5,000 fanegas, or about 9,000 bushels," according to a study by William Edward Safford, in the Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Congress of Americanists (1917), 286.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

fraco vauhtli

Gloss Normalization: 

Francisco Huauhtli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


nombres de hombres, amaranto, semillas, comida

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 784v, 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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