Huitzitl Popoca (MH627r)

Huitzitl Popoca (MH627r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Huitzitl Popoca ("The Hummingbird Smokes," attested here as a man's name) shows a profile of a hummingbird with a long beak and a big tail. Its eye is open. Coming from its raised wing are three curls of smoke. To smoke is popoca.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The three volutes could be a visual reduplication, echoing the reduplication of the gloss (popo-). But this is not certain, as smoke is often shown as several scrolls.

The use of the "tl" absolutive is the reason behind the separation of this name into two words. But the "tl" could be an error, meant to the "l," and in that case the name would be Huitzilpopoca. We are marking this possibility in our tracking of orthography. At least one other Huitzilpopoca appears in this collection (see below).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

vitzitl popoca

Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio Huitzitl Popoca (or perhaps Huitzilpopoca)

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

smoke, smoking, humo, humear, birds, pájaros, colibrí, colibríes, nombres de hombres

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

El Colibrí Humea

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 627r, 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: