Papalotecatl (MH733r)

Papalotecatl (MH733r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name or ethnic affiliation, Papalotecatl (“Person from Papalotlan") is attested here as pertaining to a man. It shows a butterfly (papalotl) in profile, facing toward the viewer’s left.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The tlacuilos of the Matrícula de Huexotzinco usually painted butterfly glyphs in a profile view. This one is especially detailed and well executed. See below for two examples where butterflies appear in a frontal or bird’s eye view.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

mariposas, afiliacíon, etnicidad, barrios, pueblos, nombres de hombres

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

(una persona de Papalotlan)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 733r, 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).

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