ixayotl (Mxnus13)

ixayotl (Mxnus13)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the element from a compound glyph represents the noun for tear(s) (ixayotl). In this example, a woman is shedding two tears. They are rolling down her cheek from her right eye. They share some of the iconography of the atl (water) glyphs.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Tears are regularly expressed in Nahuatl hieroglyphs. See some of the many examples, below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1590

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


tears, lágrimas

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

ixayo(tl), a tear (from the eye), or tears, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/ixayotl

Image Source: 

https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15284/?sp=13&st=image. This image is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library, but the manuscript is part of the holdings of Bibliothèque nationale de France and the original source is gallica.bnf.fr/BNF.

Image Source, Rights: 

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