Nochhuetl (MH491r)

Nochhuetl (MH491r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Nochhuetl (perhaps "Ideal Bean") features a fruit (nochtli) from a nopal cactus. It is round and spiny. It has the remnants of the flower at the top of the fruit. The "-huetl" part of the name is not shown visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

In some examples of this name, a drum (huehuetl) is provided as a phonetic indicator of the "hue" or "huetl" syllable. Alternatively, the term huehue (elder) or huehuetlahtolli (elder speech) could be indicated for this syllable. But none of these possibilities were exercised here

In other codices the cactus fruit can be painted red and resemble a human heart in shape and color, suggesting a religious significance.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

diego nochuetl

Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Nochhuetl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzinco, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

José Aguayo-Barragán and Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

cacti, cactos, fruits, frutas, tunas

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

Nochhuetl, a personal name, possibly "Ideal Bean,"
noch(tli), cactus fruit,

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 491r, 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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