Icnonemitl (MH503v)

Icnonemitl (MH503v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Icnonemitl (perhaps "One Who Lives Humbly," consists of two elements. One is a frontal view of a tiny face in the form of a circle with three dots for eyes and nose or mouth. The face could represent an orphan (icnotl) or other vulnerable person, covering the prefix icno- (sad or humble). Below this are shown two footprints in a bird's eye view. They are heading downwards. They seem to suggest the verb nemi, to live or to go about, covering the second half of the name, -nemitl. Nemini is a resident; might nemitl have a similar meaning, such as one who lives or goes about?

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The ending -nemi can also refer to someone who "lives like" the preceding noun, so in this case, someone who lives like an orphan or someone humble.

Footprint glyphs have a wide range of translations. In this collection, so far, we can attest to yauh, xo, pano, -pan, paina, temo, nemi, quetza, otli, iyaquic hualiloti, huallauh, tetepotztoca, totoco, -tihui, and the vowel "o." Other research (Herrera et al, 2005, 64) points to additional terms, including: choloa, tlaloa, totoyoa, eco, aci, quiza, maxalihui, centlacxitl, and xocpalli.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Icnonemitl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

orphans, huérfanos, humble, humilde, vive, vivir, ir

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

Él Que Vive Como Huérfano (?)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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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