Quiyauh (MH491v)

Quiyauh (MH491v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Quiyauh ["It Has Rained," from quiahuitl) or quiyahuitl), meaning "Rain" or "Rainstorm," is here attested as a man’s name. It shows a triangular-shaped flow of water coming downward (as though from the sky). It has black lines of current in the flow and a droplet of water at the bottom of the flow. Given the small concentric circle inside the droplet, and given the association with the chalchihuitl green stone with water, some suggest this is a bead.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Rain is a day sign in the calendar. It is crucial for rain-fed farming, and it has associations with the divine force or deity of rain, Tlaloc.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

gaspar guiyauh

Gloss Normalization: 

Gaspar Quiyauh

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


rains, lluvia, quiyahuitl

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

Ha Llovido

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 491v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=64&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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