Ometoch (MH498r)

Ometoch (MH498r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing combines a simplex glyph and notation for the personal name Ometoch ("Two-Rabbit," here, attested as a man’s name). It shows the head of a rabbit, in profile, looking toward the viewer's right. Its ears are long and narrow and one is less visible, giving the animal some three-dimensionality. It has pronounced whiskers. It has some texturing on its coat. Its visible eye is open. Coming down from behind or just underneath the rabbit head are two vertical markers, seemingly serving as the notation for two (ome).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The name Two-Rabbit was also held by a divine force or deity relating to the mildly alcoholic beverage, pulque. It is both a day name and a year name, so it has associations with the calendars called the tonalpohualli and the xiuhpohualli, and therefore with Nahua religion.

Notations for ones in the Matrícula de Huexotzinco are not always dots or circles. They can be stick-like markings or short, straight lines as shown here and in some examples below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Ometoch

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

numbers, números, animales, conejos, ones, unos, Ome Tochtli, xiuhpohualli, año, turquesa, xihuitl

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 498r, 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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