Oyohual (MH769v)

Oyohual (MH769v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Oyohual ("Bell," referring to a bell tied to the leg for dancing) is attested here as a man's name. It is a large, round, black object with a slit at the bottom for sound to emerge. It also has a small loop at the top for attaching the bell to a cord that would be tied around the leg.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This bell is unusually round and black, which may suggest that the writer wished to emphasize the O- of the start to this personal name by adding a hint of olli (rubber, which often took the form of a black ball). So, that is a possible phonetic dimension. Even more likely seems to be the desire to convey night (yohualli), which is a near homophone to oyohualli (bell).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

gaspar ohyōvāl

Gloss Normalization: 

Gaspar Oyohual

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

piernas, campanillas, cascabeles, bailar, guerreros, guerra, música, hule, nombres de hombres

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

oyohual(li), leg bell for dancing, 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 769v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=613&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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