Palli (MH644r)

Palli (MH644r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Palli ("Black Clay Used for Dyeing," attested here as a woman's name) shows a volute coming out of the woman's mouth. Tears are also streaming down the woman's cheek. The glyph is added directly to the face of the woman in the census. Her face is shown in a profile view, facing toward the viewer's right, as is typical in the census.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

How the speech scroll--if that is what it is--and tears on the woman's face reflect the name Palli has yet to be demonstrated.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

matharenā palli

Gloss Normalization: 

Magdalena Palli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


tintas, textiles, color negro, nombres de mujeres

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

Barro Negro para Teñir

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 644r, 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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: