Huehuetzilin (MH613r)

Huehuetzilin (MH613r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Huehuetzilin (perhaps "Drum Sound") is attested here as a man's name. It shows a short drum (huehuetl) with small round legs. A drumstick rests on top of the drum. There is a suggestion of a hand holding the stick. The side of the drum has both horizontal lines and vertical lines. The second part of the name, as glossed, refers to the sound (tzilini) of the drum. Nothing obvious in the visual elements suggests sound here.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

po vevetzilli

Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Huehuetzilin

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


drums, huehuetes, tambores, sonar

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

El Tambor Sonó

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 613r, 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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: