Huexotzinco (Chav15)

Huexotzinco (Chav15)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the place name Huexotzinco (“Little Huexotla”) shows a frontal view of a white willow tree (huexotl). The tree has a round canopy with many small leaves. The upper bits of the roots are shown above ground. The -tzin- that is used in place names for spin-off communities, usually shown with the phonetic indicator of a tzintli, a rear end, is not included in this compound. The tree grows on a hill, but not the usual bell-shaped tepetl glyph. This hill is drawn as if part of a European landscape painting. The hill has contours and some shading, giving it a three-dimensionality, one indicator of European influence. The hill may still serve as a semantic indicator that this is a place and not just a tree. The -co ("at") locative suffix is not shown separately, but it could also be covered semantically by the hill. As a result, we are calling this a compound glyph.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

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Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 

Huexotzinco, an important altepetl in what is now the state of Puebla, Mexico,
-tzinco, locative suffix,
altepe(tl), town, pueblo,
huexo(tl), white willow tree,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

El Pequeño Huexotla, o En el Lugar del Sauce Blanco

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

The Codex Chavero of Huexotzinco (or Códice Chavero de Huexotzinco),

Image Source, Rights: 

The Codex Chavero of Huexotzinco (or Códice Chavero de Huexotzinco) is held by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México. It is published online by the World Digital Library and the Library of Congress, which is “unaware of any copyright or other restrictions in the World Digital Library Collection.”