Nochhuetl (MH649v)

Nochhuetl (MH649v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This red and white painting of the simplex glyph for the personal name Nochhuetl (perhaps "Ideal Bean") is attested here as a man's name. The visual is a fruit (nochtli) of the nopal cactus. This serves as a phonetic indicator. The huetl part of the name is not shown visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

In another glyph for Nochhuetl the cactus fruit is paired with a huehuetl drum. In another example, the person with the name has wrinkles on his face to suggest huehue (elder). Both of these are apparently just phonetic indicators for the -huetl suffix on the name and do not make a semantic contribution.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juā nochhuetl

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Nochhuetl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

cactos, fruitas, tunas, nopales

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

Nochhuetl, a name, perhaps meaning "ideal bean,"
noch(tli), prickly pear cactus fruit,

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 649v, 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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