papalotl (MH594v)

papalotl (MH594v)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-and-white painting of papalotl ("butterfly") is a glyphic element from the compound glyph, Itzpapalotl, linked in the "See Below" section. It shows a butterfly facing to the right. Its body is black and its wings are white (with shading, which gives them a three-dimensional look--suggesting European influence). A curling object comes upward from the butterfly's mouth area.

Description, Credit: 


Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

butterflies, mariposas

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

la mariposa

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 594v, 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).