Huepan (MH506r)

Huepan (MH506r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Huepan (perhaps "Rough Beam of Wood," attested here as pertaining to a man) includes an upright narrow, rectangular banner (panitl) on a stick. Below that, and still touching the handle, is a partial, wrinkled face of an older man (huehue). The face is shown in profile view, facing toward the viewer's right. The banner is also flying toward the right.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

A huepantli is a rough beam (in need of refinement) that was used in construction. This could be the original referent for the name as given in the gloss, but it does not match the visuals of the glyph, which are fully phonographic here. There was a famous Huepantzin in the Tlaxcala area. [See Luis Reyes García, La Escritura pictográfica en Tlaxcala, 1993, 110.] Perhaps some boys were named after this figure in history. Huepan (MH651v) and Tlacahuepan (MH650r) are other examples of this name (or like it) attested in the Matrícula de Huexotzinco.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Huepan

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


flags, banners, banderas, viejos, elders

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

La Viga(?)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 506r, 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: