Tonal (MH647v)

Tonal (MH647v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tonal ("Day," "Sun," or "Solar Animating Force") is attested here as a man's name. The glyph looks something like a flower with four petals or a four-leaf clover, but it has a black dot on each of the four segments, and there is a circle in the center. It also has a black dot in the center. This quincunx shape may intentionally recall the sun (tonalli).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Compare this Tonal with other examples of tonalli glyphs (e.g., Atonal, etc.), where shapes range from four dots to a flower-like shape. One may also search "tonalli" in the quick-search box and see examples that more obviously try to represent a sun.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

diego tonal

Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Tonal

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


días, soles, quincunces, flores, simétrico, simétrica, fuerza animadora derivada del sol, poder vital, nombres de hombres

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

tonal(li), day, sun, or personal solar animating force,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Poder Vital Personal

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 647r, 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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