Teoxoch (MH524v)

Teoxoch (MH524v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Teoxoch (here, attested as a woman’s name) shows a frontal view of an upright flower (xochitl) with stem and leaves. The flower has three petals and two anthers. On the front of the lower part of the blossom, a face is drawn. The face includes eyebrows, eyes, a nose, and a mouth. The face seems to be meant to draw to mind the word teotl (divine force, deity).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This is an interesting glyph for those seeking to probe the meanings of teotl and their evolution in a Christian colonial context. Another compound for the name Teoxoch (also a woman's name) uses a stone to bring forth the Teo- syllable. One compound for Xochiteotl (there, a man's name) uses that same economy, in both cases avoiding any visual depiction of teotl, while another shows a face peeking up from behind the flower. The use of a face here to represent divinity seems to show European influence.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

magdarena teoxoch

Gloss Normalization: 

Magdalena Teoxoch

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 
Other Cultural Influences: 

flowers, flores, deidades, deities, divine forces, fuerzas divinas

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 524v, World Digital Library.

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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