icnotl (MH503v)

icnotl (MH503v)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the element representing icnotl, the noun for "orphan," shows a frontal view of a simple, tiny, face. It is a small circle with two dots for eyes and one dot for the mouth.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The relative size of this glyph seems intentional, being small, just as some glyphs enlarge their subjects. Perhaps this is meant as a baby face. Perhaps it is meant to convey the vulnerability that "orphan" implies.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


huérfanos, orphans, icno, humble, humilde

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Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
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Image Source, Rights: 

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