Macuil (MH661r)

Macuil (MH661r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Macuil (“Five”) is attested here as a man’s name. It shows a frontal view of a human hand, a left hand. The style of this drawing seems to indicate European influence. The thenar muscles are not usually defined like this (the rise near the thumb on the palm of the hand, which this artist shows with a short curve).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The name Macuil may represent a calendrical name that has lost its day sign. Whether this evolution in naming practices suggests a gradual forgetting of the divinatory calendar names, some self-censoring as ecclesiastical influence grew, or that the clergy was actively pressing for change are processes that require further investigation. Another option is that the number five had some other significance.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Macuil

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: 

manos, cinco, números, nombres de hombres

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 661r, 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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