Oyohual (MH483r)

Oyohual (MH483r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-ink painting of the compound glyph for the personal name Oyohual (short for oyohualli, a leg bell worn in dance situations) is a thick black circle with a white oval inside and another black oval inside that.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Perhaps this sign is a cross-section of the leg bell (oyohualli) worn by dancers/warriors, but it is somewhat more akin to the olli, rubber ball. It is also reminiscent of the black circle that can represent night (yohualli, a near homophone to oyohualli). If the intent is either olli or yohualli, then this simplex glyph is a phonogram. If it combines both, it is a compound that is fully phonographic. It is not unusual for the absolutive (in this case, -li) endings of nouns to drop away in personal names.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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

campanas, campanillas para piernas, bells, leg bells

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

oyohual(li), jingle bell, a leg bell worn by warriors, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/oyohualli

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Campanilla o Cascabel

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 483r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=45&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).