Tonal (MH733v)

Tonal (MH733v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name, Tonal (“Sun” or “Day” or “Solar Energizing Force”) is attested here as a man’s name. It shows many short lines radiating out in a circle. Inside the circle is a simplified anthropomorphic face.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Putting a face on the sun suggests European artistic influences. The little lines for solar energy may also point to European influences. See, for example, the radiating lines on the Totonametl glyph, below.

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: 
Other Cultural Influences: 

sol, soles, días, fuerza animadora solar, nombres de hombres

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

tonal(li), day, sun, solar energizing force,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 733v, 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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