popoca (MH483v)

popoca (MH483v)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for the verb "it smokes" (popoca) has been carved from the compound sign for the personal name, Atlpopoca. It consists of three upright, curling puffs of smoke, drawn in dark in and left natural. Two or three additional, straight lines emanate up from the same region. In the original compound glyph, these marks were rising up from swirling water with flames on top.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, modern state of Puebla

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


smoke, humo, smoking, humear, humeando

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

popoca, to smoke, i.e. for smoke to emerge from something, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/popoca

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el humo se eleva

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 483v, World Digital Library. https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=46&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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