Motolinia (MH784r)

Motolinia (MH784r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Motolinia ("Poor" or "Sad") is attested here as a man's name. This tax payer is apparently named after the famous Franciscan friar Toribio de Benavente, who took the name Motolinia from Nahuas who were commenting on his being barefooted and wearing ragged clothing. The visual for the descriptor motolinia here shows a fairly humble man. He may have the hair on the top of his head shaved off; it is difficult to determine.

Description, 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: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

pobre, fraile, Franciscanos, calvo, nombres de hombres

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

motolinia, poor, also the name of a famous Franciscan friar,

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 784r, 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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