Huitzquilocan (Mdz32r)

Huitzquilocan (Mdz32r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the place name Huitzquilocan shows a medicinal and edible herb [the huitzquilitl) on a hill or mountain top. The plant appears in three sprigs, with 5-6 leaves per stalk. These fan out over the top of the hill or mountain. They are painted a two-tone green. The mountain also has a two-tone green bell shape, with a red and a yellow horizontal stripe at the base. Curly, rocky outcroppings appear on each side of the mountain.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The mountain is a silent locative and does not have a phonetic role in the place name. The huitzquilitl is a more specific herb than the more generic quilitl, called a quelite in Mexican Spanish.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

pueblo, Huitzquilocan

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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

herbs, hierbas, plantas medicinales

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

"Place Full of Huitzquilitl" (apparently agreeing with Berdan and Anawalt) [Frances Karttunen, unpublished manuscript, used here with her permission.]

Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

"Place Full of Huitzquilitl" (Berdan and Anawalt, 1992, vol. 1, p. 190)

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 32 recto,, image 74 of 188.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, hold the original manuscript, the MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1. This image is published here under the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0).