teotl (MH619v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the element for teotl (divine force, divinity, deity) doubles as the simplex glyph for the personal name Xochiteotl. It shows a small female figurine, which is one of the translations for nenetl, a female doll. But nenetl also refers to female genitals and, here, a deity image. That this is a deity image reinforces the interpretation that it is representing the word teotl.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The evolution of the hieroglyphic representation of teotl shows a move from teotl as a half sun towards a more personalized teotl, seemingly through the influence of Christianity.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

atoo xochiteutl

Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio Xochiteotl

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: 
Other Cultural Influences: 

divinities, deidades, divinidades, estatuas

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


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 619v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=321st=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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