Pitzin (MH523r)

Pitzin (MH523r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Pitzin (here, attested as a man's name) shows the head of what may be a Laughing Gull (pipitztli). It is shown in profile looking toward the viewer's right. Its beak is pink or red, and the beak is open. Below the bird's head is the lower part of a human body or rear end (tzintli), which is the phonetic indicator for the referential suffix -tzin.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The name for the Laughing Gull has a reduplication in the pi-, which this name does not have as glossed, unless it was inadvertently omitted. There is another Pipitz personal name in the Matrícula de Huexotzinco, so it is attested as reduplicated. That one also shows a bird.
If not literally meant as a Laughing Gull, the bird here may be a phonetic indicator intended to draw forth the intransitive verb pitzini, for an egg to crack open or a child to be born. It would not be unusual for pitzini to be abbreviated in a personal name.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

franco pitzin

Gloss Normalization: 

Francisco Pitzin

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

birds, pájaros, gulls, gaviotas, nalgas

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

pipitz(tli), a Laughing Gull, bird, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/pipitztli
pitzini, for the egg to crack open, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/pitzini
tzin(tli), rump, buttocks, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tzintli
-tzin (diminutive or reverential suffix), https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tzin

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 523r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=125&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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: 
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