Moyotl (MH536r)

Moyotl (MH536r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Moyotl (“Mosquito,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a mosquito in profile view, facing right. Its wings are up, and one of them has a mesh pattern. The mosquito's eye is visible, its proboscis goes into a spiral at the tip, its feet are extended, and the body has some short lines that look something like ribs.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Nahuas sometimes drew insects with remarkable precision. Some insects, such as ants, were part of the diet, so close inspection was fairly regular. But for mosquitos, that has yet to be determined.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Mateo Moyotl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


mosquitos, insects, insectos

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

El Mosquito

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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: