Temacxochitl (MH741v)

Temacxochitl (MH741v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Temacxochitl (“A Flower in Someone’s Hands”) is attested here as pertaining to a woman. It shows a frontal view of a pair of hands of someone (providing the Temac-, meaning “in someone’s hands”). The thumbs are toward the center, but between the hands is a symmetrical flower (xochitl) with four petals, a short stem, and one leaf. The flower has a round center, giving it the look of a quincunx.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Flowers come in a large range of shapes. This particular shape shares something in common with tonalli (sun, day, or personal solar energizing force). See examples below. This name seems to convey a sweet sentiment, but it could also have to do with carrying flowers in religious activities, such as dancing.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

manos, flores cuidados, nombres de mujeres

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

Una Flor en Manos de Alguien

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 741v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=561&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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