Tonecuauh (MH733v)

Tonecuauh (MH733v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name, Tonecuauh (perhaps “Afflicted Tree”) is attested here as a man’s name. It shows a tree (cuahuitl) with what might be taken to have arms and legs and its head cut off. Perhaps this is an effort to suggest the verb tonehua, to afflict. The ends of the upper branches have the iconography associated with amaranth (huauhtli), which may have been added to the glyph as a phonetic indicator for the “cuauh” sound. Trees found in the Codex Mendoza, as shown below, do not have these same lines for foliage that amaranth has.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

árboles, amaranto, aflicción, nombres de hombres

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

posiblemente, Árbol Afligido

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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