Ixtli (MH500r)

Ixtli (MH500r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Ixtli ("Eye") is attested here as a man’s name. It shows a frontal view of a starry or stellar eye (ixtli) of the traditional type, but the pointed oval of the more representative human eye has been added around the old glyph. Another change in the traditional eye design is a white horizontal band above the pupil, at the bottom edge of the eyelid.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

See below for additional examples of traditional Nahua eyes and the evolution toward more European-style drawings of eyes.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Ixtli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

eyes, ojos, estrellas, stars

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 500r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=79&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: