pipia (MH483r)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the element pipia has been extracted from the compound Yaopipi. Pipia is a verb meaning to spy. The visual is what seems to be the head of a man who is bald and has layers of flesh or skin at the back of his head/neck area.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

His look is unusual, which may reflect his clandestine activity.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

calvo, viejo, espía

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 

pipia, to spy on someone, or to stalk someone, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/pipia

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 483r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=45&st=image.

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).