Pocxiuh (MH546r)

Pocxiuh (MH546r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Pocxiuh (“Smoky Herb” or "Smoky Blue/Green," attested here as a woman’s name) shows a frontal view of three leaves joined at their base. They have veins that curve and join in the middle of each leaf.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Many plants referred to as -xiuh or -patli (pahtli, with the glottal stop) have medicinal value, but it is unclear if this plant does. Mercedes Montes de Oca sees this as a metaphorical name, referring to a smoking turquoise.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

maria pocxiuh

Gloss Normalization: 

María Pocxiuh

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


herbs, medicinal, smoke, humo, edible herbs, medicinal herbs, hierbas comestibles, hierbas medicinales, plants, plantas, remedies, remedios, pahtli, patli, nombres de mujeres

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

Pocxiuh = turquesa humea [Mercedes Montes de Oca Vega, La metáfora en Mesoamérica, 2004, 98.]

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Turquesa o Hierba Humeante

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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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