Necuametl (MH791r)

Necuametl (MH791r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Necuametl ("Small Spiny Agave," attested here as a man’s name) depicts what appears to be a vertical, three-piece agave plant with lots of spines or thorns.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This glyph features a cactus that looks something like a nopalli, but nothing like a metl. See some examples of agaves and cacti below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juo neguametl

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Necuametl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


magueyes, agaves, juices, jugos, agua miel, nombres de hombres, plantas, cactos

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

necuame(tl), a palm-like tree or a small spiny agave,
me(tl), maguey/agave plant,
necua(tl), unfermented maguey juice,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Palma Silvestre, o Jugo de Maguey

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 791r, 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: