Ilamaoxon (MH526r)

Ilamaoxon (MH526r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the personal name Ilamaoxon ("Old Woman Oxomoco"?--attested here, interestingly enough, as a man's name) shows the head of a women in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. Wrinkles are added to her face as a semantic indicator of her being aged.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

While the “Oxon” part of this person’s name is not fully analyzed, it could be the root of Oxomoco. The emphasis on “old woman” (ilama) also supports this reading. Oxomoco and Cipactonal are a legendary ancestral couple who appear in the Codex Borbonicus. The female is on the left, with her legs tucked under her in the classic female posture. See the image of this couple as published in Mexicolore:

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

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

mujeres, mujer vieja, ancestros, ancestors

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Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 526r, 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).

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