Motzincuepa (MH742r)

Motzincuepa (MH742r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name, Motzincuepa (perhaps “Your Buttocks Turns”), is attested here as a woman’s name. It shows a naked bottom that is slightly turned, resulting in a three-quarters perspective. There is some shading that adds a three-dimensionality. The typical tzintli (bottom) is a man’s, and therefore a loincloth belt is shown at the top, but not here, which may mean that the woman’s bottom is being shown. The possessive is not shown visually. The decipherment is uncertain, as this seems to be an unusual name.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

There is another glyph that might speak to a woman’s curvy bottom, Cihuaitzincocol (Verg14r), if the decipherment is correct.

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


nalgas, torneadas, nombres de mujeres

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

Tus Nalgas Torneadas

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 742r, 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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