micqui (MH547r)

micqui (MH547r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph of a deceased person (micqui) shows the head of a man in profile, looking toward the viewer's right. He has a standard haircut. His face is painted dark gray or black as a sign that he has died.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The gloss reads: "here are those who died." The simplex glyph is just one of several men who had died. We are including this glyph twice--once as as a conjugated verb "omic" ("he died"), echoing the gloss, and once here, as a noun. These losses of human life were owing to the epidemics that came with the introduction of unknown diseases from Europe.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

yzcate yn omique

Gloss Normalization: 

izcate in omique (or izcateh in omiqueh, with the glottal stops)

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

la muerte, morir, muerto, difunto

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 547r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=173&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).

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