Icnotli (MH832r)

Icnotli (MH832r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Icnotli ("Poor Person" or "Orphan") is attested here as a man's name. The glyph shows what appears to be a man's head. His hair is tousled or even wild, he has tears on his cheek, and his face is pointing downward. These details seem to uphold the semantic value of icnotl (the "i" on the end may be a a variant), referring to someone humble, poor, and worthy of compassion, such as an orphan.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Sacrificial captives would be stripped and their hair tousled, which may suggest something here.

One can easily see the evolution in the stylistics for drawing or painting tears. See the Cahuallan glyph from the Codex Mendoza, where the tears are like atl (water). The tears in the Matrícula de Huexotzinco show the influence of European stylistics.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

anto icnotli

Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio Icnotl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Other Cultural Influences: 

nombres de hombres, triste, pobre, humilde, viudo, viuda, huérfano

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

icno(tl), someone poor, humble, worthy of compassion, such as an orphan, a widow, a widower, etc., https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/icnotl

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 832r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=738&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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: