huictli (MH642v)

huictli (MH642v)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for the agricultural tool called a (huictli) has been carved from the compound glyph for the occupation of ihuiamanteca (feather-working artisan). It is a vertical wooden tool used in agriculture, the most common type of work for Nahuas in this period. In the original compound, this tool has a semantic and phonetic role for the word for work (tequitl), which contributes to the sense that the feathered device next to it (see the contextualizing image) was a type of work, but also the “tec” in ihuiamanteca could come from tequitl.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


herramientas agrícolas, coas, agricultura

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

coa, trabajo, agricultura, herramientas

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 642v, 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: