huictli (MH552r)

huictli (MH552r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the element representing a (huictli) shows a frontal view of an agricultural tool for digging. It is vertical and resembles a shovel (perhaps showing some European influence over the autonomous-era digging stick), as it seems to have a wider blade than usual. This tool has been carved from the compound hieroglyph for the personal name Tetl Ihuic.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This may be what is called a "bladed coa" in a study of Xochimilco from 1966, although it is said to be "triangular." [See: Robert Cooper West and ‎John P. Augelli, Middle America; Its Lands and Peoples (1966, 243).] An iron bladed digging stick had the name tepozhuictli. [See: James Lockhart, The Nahuas, 1922, 531.] This represents clear colonial change.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

tools, herramientas, agricultura

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 

huic(tli), a digging stick with a flat blade,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

una herramienta agrícola

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 552r, 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).