Milnahuatl (MH507r)

Milnahuatl (MH507r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Milnahuatl shows an imperfect square that seemingly represents a small agricultural field (milli) from a bird's eye view. The field has dots, which may indicate that it is cultivated. The remainder of the name (-nahuatl) is not shown visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The second part of this person's name (-nahuatl) could literally refer to a pleasant sound or to language, given how the contextualizing image shows the small square emerging from the person's mouth. Or, the gloss may really intend -nahuac, which would mean nearby. The small agricultural plot that was called a milpa in Spanish was ubiquitous and close to most Indigenous people's homes.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Tomás Milnahuatl

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


agricultural fields, parcels, parcelas, agricultura, idiomas, hablar

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

mil(li), cultivated field,
nahua(tl), something that makes an agreeable sound, or language
nahuac, near or next to,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Cerca de la Milpa(?)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 507r, 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: