Millacuilol (MH641r)

Millacuilol (MH641r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black and white compound glyph for the personal name Millacuilol ("Milpa Design," attested here as a man's name) shows a bird's eye view of a square cornfield (milli) that is divided diagonally in half, the top half being light and the bottom half being dark. Perhaps this suggests the cultivation of two different crops, or furrows, or parcelling. On top of the diagonal is a quincunx shaped flower, with four petals and a small central circle.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The term tlacuilolli usually refers to writing, but it is also seen in association with stone carving and cultivation (the latter, typically combining with the stem for cuemitl, furrow, and sometimes combining with icuilolli (a piece of writing or a painting) or icuiloa (to write or paint). Besides this milli + tlacuilolli, we have one tlalicuilol.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


land, parcelas, sementeras, tierras, diseños, milpas, agricultura, flores

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

mil(li), agricultural field,
tlacuilol(li), something written, painted, carved, or cultivated,

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 641r, 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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