Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This example of iconography is included here to provide another example of the Nahua woman's typical hairstyle, with the long hair divided into two bound locks that come up and protrude above the forehead on both sides. We are not calling this a glyph for this specialized term, because it is not glossed as such. We are presuming to identify it based on the descriptions of the term in the Online Nahuatl Dictionary, such as where we quote Guy Stresser-Péan describing: "el peinado con 'dos especies de puntas sobre la parte delantera de la cabeza....'".

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The contextualizing image shows that this woman is married to the centecpanpixqui--as underwritten by the banner that stands for the word tecpantli--who oversees twenty tribute payers in his community. The man has a glossed glyph for a name, but she has no name given here. She faces left and he faces right, and this is the only couple on the page, or for many pages, for that matter. So, her presence must be significant. Perhaps the couple oversees the tribute payers together.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content & Iconography: 

pelo, cabello, mujeres, peinado, cihuatl

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

neaxtlahual(li), a Nahua women's hairstyle,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el peinado de la mujer Nahua

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 666r, 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: