Pitztli (MH874v)

Pitztli (MH874v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Pitztli (perhaps "Blowing Device" or "Fruit Pit") is attested here as a man's name. The glyph appears to refer to the buccal mask associated with the blowing of wind by the divine force, Ehecatl. This could serve as a semantic hint for the verb pitza, to blow. A pitztli, as the name is glossed, is supposed to be the pit of a piece of fruit. If the glyph does refer to the latter, it is a phonetic indicator.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juā pitztli

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Pitztli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Syntax (patterns): 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

máscara, mascarilla, boca, soplar, viento, hueso de fruta, nombres de hombres

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

pitza, to blow on something, to play a wind instrument, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/pitza
ehecatl, wind, the divine force of wind, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/ehecatl
matlapitza, to whistle, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/matlapitza
pitz(tli), the pit or stone of a fruit, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/pitztli

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 874v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=820&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).

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