Quiztli (MH661v)

Quiztli (MH661v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing for the simplex glyph of the personal name Quiztli (perhaps meaning “Emergence”) is attested here as a man’s name. It shows a man’s face in profile, facing toward the viewer’s left. It may be that this face is coming out (for the verb, quiza) from a cave. A footprint below and to the left of the face is headed away from this cave, which can also suggest going out (quiza). Either way, the reading for the root, quiz-, is there and the verb seems to have been made into a noun.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

There are nouns that end in -quiztli, such as miquiztli and tianquiztli, but a simple noun “quiztli” has yet to be located. Perhaps it is the verb quiza made into a noun by adding the absolutive. This is what the visuals suggest, but they may consist of a phonetic indicator for a noun with a completely different meaning.

Footprint glyphs have a wide range of translations. In this collection, so far, we can attest to yauh, xo, pano, -pan, paina, temo, nemi, quetza, otli, iyaquic hualiloti, huallauh, tepal, tetepotztoca, totoco, otlatoca, -tihui, and the vowel "o." Other research (Herrera et al, 2005, 64) points to additional terms, including: choloa, tlaloa, totoyoa, eco, aci, quiza, maxalihui, centlacxitl, and xocpalli.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

Juoā. quiztli.

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Quiztli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

cuevas, caras, huellas, caves, faces, footprints, movimiento, salir, nombres de hombres

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

Salida (?)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 661v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=403&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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