Oyohual (MH566v)

Oyohual (MH566v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Oyohualli (“Jingle Bell,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a frontal view of a vertical bell (oyohualli) with two stripes running horizontally across its middle. It has a loop at the top for hanging, and it has an opening at the bottom for the sound to emerge more easily. The clapper is not visible here.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The jingle bell was worn on the legs of dancers/warriors. This bell is something of a cross between the coyolli (clearly an Indigenous bell) and the tzilin (which increasingly took on European features). See examples below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

Juā oyouali

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Oyohualli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

bells, campanas, campanillas, metales, suenan, pinjantes

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

Campanilla o Cascabel

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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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