Pitzotl (MH499v)

Pitzotl (MH499v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Pitzotl (here, attested as a man's name) shows the head of an peccary (pitzotl) in profile, facing the viewer’s right. Sharp teeth seem to protrude from the mouth. The animal's coat has some texturing. The animal looks more like a jaguar than a peccary .

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Another pitzotl is found on MH folio 569 verso, and this one has a flat nose more like a pig. Juan José Batalla Rosado (2018, 110) suggests that this looks nothing like a pig and if it were not for the gloss we might analyze it differently. Pigs were a European introduction to the Americas, although there were some similar animals, such as the pizote, cuchuche, tejón americano, soncho, zorro juache o cuatl (Batalla, citing Lockhart 1999, 404, note 46). And see below for the coyametl. Here, the man who has the name Gaspar Pitzotl is a maker of woven mats, as can be seen in the contextualizing image.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Gaspar Pitzotl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

pigs, puercos, cochinos, cerdos

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

El Cerdo

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 499v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=78&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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