panitl (MH525r)

panitl (MH525r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the element panitl (flag, banner) has been extracted from the compound personal name or pueblo affiliation, Xochipan ("In the Flowers"). This explains the flowers that comprise the banner of the flag, which is upright and faces toward the viewer's right. There are three horizontal flowers, each with a tripartite sepal.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Flags such as this might not really have existed. Rather, the flowers were combined with the panitl for the sake of economy of space. The same might be said of other compounds that involve flags to elicit the phonetic -pan-, as seen below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huexotzinco, Matrícula de (MH)

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


flag, bandera, banner, bandera, flowers, flores

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

la bandera

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 525r, 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).