Motolinia (MH832r)

Motolinia (MH832r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Motolinia is attested here as a man's name. The glyph shows a seated man in profile, facing toward the viewer's left. His hair is rather wild, and tears are streaming down his cheek. He has a cape tied at his shoulder, as though he might be a noble. But he is in a sad state, which calls forth the name Motolinia, which means poor.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Fray Toribio de Motolinia was a friar who was popular in this area. Many baby boys were apparently named after him. This man's work involved making tobacco tubes. Tlapepecho is the occupation shown in the contextualizing image.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

dio. motolinia

Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Motolinia

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: 

triste, tristeza, pobre, pobreza, nombres de hombres, nombres de hombres famosos

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

Motolinia, the Nahuatl name taken by Fray Toribio de Benavente,
motolinia, poor,
tlapepecho, one who provides a covering for the tobacco tube

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 832r, 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: