icuilolli (MH603r)

icuilolli (MH603r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of a rectangle with a spiraling line inside it is shared here as an "element" for the noun icuilolli (a painting) has been carved from the image for Xalicuilol, removing the dots that represent the sand. Given that this name refers to a landscape feature, the meaning of icuilolli here could be an intervention in the earth that resembles a design. Or perhaps it is a painting of a sandy parcel, a land document.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The noun icuilolli is also seen as cuilolli, dropping the starting "i." See below for a couple of examples.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


lands, tierras, títulos, papeles, papers, documents, manuscripts, paintings, pinturas, escribir, pintar, write, paint

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

icuilol(li), a piece of writing or a design (here, carved in the earth?),

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 603r, World Digital Library,

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).