ocotzotlazqui (MH628v)

ocotzotlazqui (MH628v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the term ocotzotlazqui ("maker of liquidambar balls"), an occupation. It shows a right hand holding two black balls of resin (ocotzotl). This is likely the hand of the maker (-tlazqui) of the resin balls from the liquidambar (also called Sweet Gum) tree.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

As explained in the Online Nahuatl Dictionary, ocotzotl resin could be added to tobacco for smoking, and it had various medicinal uses. The similarity to the noun ocotl may derive from the fact that both trees produce resins. Oxitl is another source of resin. See examples of these glyphs, below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
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Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


liquidambar, resina, bolas, oficios

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

productor de bolas de liquidambar

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 628v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=339st=image.

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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