Mizquipolcatl (MH741v)

Mizquipolcatl (MH741v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Mizquipolcatl (“Person from Mizquipolco”) is attested here as a man’s name. The glyph has an X-shape cross, and in the spaces the X creates are small circles filled in with black paint or ink. This forms a quincunx, but the meaning and beyond that, and how it relates to the mesquite tree is unclear. The second part of the name -pol- is seemingly a negative affix, perhaps meaning wretched. That, the mesquite, and the -catl (affiliation suffix), might not be shown visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

A town named Mizquipolco appears in the book about the Padrones of Tlaxcala (1987, 65) published by Teresa Rojas Rabiela. The mesquite tree is well attested in Nahuatl hieroglyphs; see some examples below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

barrios, pueblos, afiliación, etnicidad, nombres de hombres

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

(una persona de Mizquipolco)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 741v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=561&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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