Nauhtene (MH522v)

Nauhtene (MH522v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing combines the notation for the number four (nahui) with the simplex glyph for lip (tentli). The latter shows part of a face, with a focus on mouth and chin. The notation consists of four short upright lines meant to convey the number.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

These two elements provide most of what is needed for the name as glossed, Nauhtene. The dictionary entry that comes closest to this name is nauhteme, which has an "m" in place of the "n." The -me suffix may be a plural, and the -ten from tentli might have merged with the -me suffix. The lip element, however, could be there as a phonetic indicator and not play a semantic roll, because nauhtetl simply means four, and perhaps it has been seen as an animate and pluralized. If so, the result might be similar in intent to the name Nauhyotl (Four-ness). See below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

peo nauhtene

Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Nauhtene

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

four, cuatro, números, numbers, symmetry, la simetría

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 522v, 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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