Pesoitta (MH490r)

Pesoitta (MH490r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name or occupational reference, Pexoita, shows a European-type scale for weighing goods. It has a horizontal line with a rounded cup hanging from each end. Each cup is held by three strings.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Weight is peso in Spanish, which is the root of this Nahuatlized reference to a scale. The remainder of the word could be the verb itta, to see, possibly referring to the occupation of overseeing the weighing of goods.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

antonio pexoyta

Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio Pesoitta (or Peso Itta)

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzinco, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Other Cultural Influences: 

weigh, pesar, la pesa, la balanza, la escala, ver, Pesoitta, Pesoita

Museum & Rare Book Comparisons: 
Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 

peso, weight, or a Spanish coin, worth eight reales,
itta, to see,

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 490r, 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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