Icnotl (MH483v)

Icnotl (MH483v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for the personal name Icnotl (here, attested as a man), shows what appears to be a baby, unclothed, and almost in a fetal position. It is shown in profile, facing to the right.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

If this is indeed a baby, the artist may intend to convey a vulnerability. This may be a baby whose parents died in one of the many epidemics in the sixteenth century. Another Icnotl shows a man's head, with tears streaming down his cheeks. These glyphs may therefore convey emotion and concern.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
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Gloss Normalization: 


Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

orphans, huérfanos, babies, bebés

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

El Huérfano

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 483v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=46&st=image.

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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