Nezahualxochitl (MH632v)

Nezahualxochitl (MH632v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Nezahualxochitl (the name of a medicinal flower, perhaps literally meaning "Fasting-Flower") is attested here as a woman’s name. This glyph is much like the glyph for the name Yohualxoch (see below), which features a white flower (xochitl) on the square black night (yohualli) sky. The flower has three visible petals, which is typical for the glyphs in this manuscript. The flower works for this name, too, but the night sky seems to play a phonetic role, perhaps representing the "hual" part of this name. The Nezahual- start to the name may have something to do with ritual fasting--not shown visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

flores, medicinales, noche, viudas, nombres de mujeres

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

Flor Medicinal

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 632r, 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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