Quiyauh (MH498r)

Quiyauh (MH498r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Quiyauh (“It Has Rained,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a frontal view of three streams of water--triangular with lines of current showing movement. The streams on the right and left have a circular droplet or bead at the bottom of each one. The middle one has ends in a turbinate shell. The three streams are joined at the top with a straight, horizontal line.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Quiyahuitl is a day sign in the 260-day divinatory calendar, the tonalpohualli, which gives it a religious significance. If this is a calendrical name, the numerical coefficient has dropped away. That could represent a fading of the tradition or an effort to suppress the association with pre-contact religious practices that might have angered the colonial clergy.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Quiyauh

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 and Stephanie Wood


rain, lluvia, quiyahuitl

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

Ha Llovido

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 498r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=75&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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