Huitzne (MH626v)

Huitzne (MH626v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Huitzne is attested here as a man's name. The first part of the name, Huitz-, is covered by the thorn element (huitztli). This thorn is a triangle with the point upward. The upper half is black, and the lower half is white. Perhaps the dark color, which can be red in glyphs that are in color, represents blood, given that the thorn was an implement for ritual bloodletting. Underneath the thorn is a little head-like shape with two eyes, a nose, and two squared-off horn-like protrusions on the top of the head. This sign represents nenetl (deity images, doll, or women's genetals), which can provide either a phonetic "-ne" or "-nen." The gloss reads -ne, but the meaning is obscure here.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Perhaps the name Huitzne could be an apocopation for Huitznecahual, the name of a famous Chalcan lord. Or perhaps the gloss has an inadvertently dropped "n," and the name should be Huitznen. But the interpretation of Huitznen is also elusive.

Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Huitzne

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

thorns, espinas, blood, sangre, dolls, muñecas, deidades, deities, statuettes, statues, escuturas, ixiptla, gender, género, nombres de hombres

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

huitz(tli), thorn,
Huitznecahual, this was the name of a known Chalcan lord,
nene(tl), deity image, doll, or woman's genitals, Huitznecahual, this was the name of a known Chalcan lord,

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 626v, 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).

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