Totonametl (MH536v)

Totonametl (MH536v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Totonametl (“Resplendent One," i.e., the "Sun") is attested here as a man’s name. It shows a profile view of a bird (tototl) facing right. The positioning of its legs, with one raised up, suggests movement. Also, its eye and beak are open. Surrounding the bird's head are straight, radiating lines, rays of the sun (tonametl), suggesting shimmer and vibrancy.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The bird does not have a semantic value; it serves to provide a phonetic indicator for the start of the name ("Toto-"). The longer "Totona-" start the name reduplicates the verb tona, for the sun to shine and give warmth. The -metl ending of the name comes from the noun tonametl, sun ray. The multiple rays around the bird's head provide a visual reduplication that supports the totona element and give additional visual movement to the compound. See some glyphs below that provide a similar shimmer, one that replaced the four small circles around the perimeter of larger circles for the sun, gems, mirrors, etc. See the "Shimmering Glyphs" article in the navigation bar on the left of this web page.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

esteban totonametl

Gloss Normalization: 

Esteban Totonametl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

sun, sol, brillar, calentar, pájaros, birds, movimiento, nombres de hombres

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

Totonametl, a name, "Resplendent One" (the Sun),
toname(tl), a ray of the sun, also a name with the same meaning as Totonametl,
toto(tl), bird,
tona, to shine and give off warmth (speaking of the sun),

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

El Sol, El Resplandeciente

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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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