Motzetzelo (MH506v)

Motzetzelo (MH506v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Motzetzelo (here, attested male) shows a human figure, in profile, seemingly naked, and apparently running toward the viewer's left. One arm is raised and one foot is behind the figure, all of it suggesting movement. The hairstyle suggests that the figure is a man.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The gloss is crucial to the decipherment of the glyph, which could be so many things. The verb seems to be "to scatter." Perhaps the person's raised arm had something to do with scattering. Or perhaps has run off in a scattered way, having been dispersed. The name includes a reduplicated syllable, but there is nothing in the visuals to represent this unless it is the movement.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Motzetzelo

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

movement, movimiento, run, running, correr, corriendo, esparcir

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

El Que Se Desparrama(?)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 506v, 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: