huehue (Mdz42r)

huehue (Mdz42r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for an elder (huehueh) also stands for the place name, Huehuetlan. It is the head of a wispy-haired, white-haired, wrinkled man, who is looking to our right. His mouth is slightly open, which reveals that he has some missing teeth.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The hair color, wrinkles, and missing teeth are all a testimony to his age.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

huehue, elders, huehuetqueh, vejez, edades, viejos

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

old man

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el viejo o el anciano

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 42 recto,, image 94 of 188.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, hold the original manuscript, the MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1. This image is published here under the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0).

Phonetic Reading (comment): 

huēhueh (Karttunen, 1992, 84)