ocotzotlazqui (MH774v)

ocotzotlazqui (MH774v)
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 quantity of resin (ocotzotl). the job of the maker (-tlazqui) was to create balls or patties of resin, derived from 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 and pitch. 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, oficios, resina

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

fabricante de trementina

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 774v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=623&st=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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