Teoxoch (MH741v)

Teoxoch (MH741v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Teoxoch (perhaps “Divine Flower”) is attested here as a woman’s name. It shows a vertical flower (xochitl) with a small head with simplified face popping up from the top of the flower. This face seems to add the teotl (divinity) value to the flower.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

See below for other examples of the name Teoxoch. Sometimes, a stone is (tetl) used phonetically to evoke the Teo- start to the name. Another similar name Xochiteotl, reversing the order of the two components in the gloss, also has a face. The original glyph for teotl was half a sun (as shown in the glyph element from the Codex Mendoza), but it seems that with time the concept of divinity came to be personalized, anthropomorphized. This may be owing to the influences of Christianity and the way Jesus Christ, the man, was imbued with divinity.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

religión indígena, fuerzas divinas, flores, nombres de mujeres

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

Flor Divina

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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