Tlaol (MH660v)

Tlaol (MH660v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tlaol (“Corn Kernel”) shows one corn kernel with its tooth shape and the diagnostic rectilinear upside-down U shape in the middle of the kernel. At the base of the kernel are a number of short black lines.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The dark lines at the base of the corn kernel reminiscent of the downy barbs at the base of a feather. In fact, sometimes tlaolli glyphs can look like feathers, something for which to watch out.

The most common nouns for maize in this digital collection of hieroglyphs include: tlaolli (the kernels), xilotl (cobs with fresh, tender kernels), and centli or cintli (cobs with dried kernels for grinding).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

granos de maíz, mazorca, nombres de hombres

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

Grano de Maíz

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 660v, 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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