Maitl (MH499v)

Maitl (MH499v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Maitl (here, attested as a man’s name) shows a profile view of an arm bent at a right angle at the elbow. The right hand is extended or open, with the thumb and fingers visible. The arm has some shading, which gives it a three-dimensionality.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This example of the maitl glyph shows that the translations of both hand and arm can apply to the term and the name. These body parts are not distinguished at such a fine detail as they are in English or Spanish. A quick search in this collection for maitl will turn up a large number of arms as well as hands.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Maitl

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

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

La Mano, o El Brazo

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 499v, 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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: