Tozquihua (MH492r)

Tozquihua (MH492r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tozquihua (here, attested as a man's name) has two predominant elements. One is an upright feather that probably pertains to a yellow bird, given the name (toztli). Around the feather are three simple speech scrolls, seemingly referring to speech (nahuatl), and possibly providing the phonetic syllable -hua (possession) part of the name.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Feathers found in the Matrícula de Huexotzinco are often associated with the toztli, even though the glyphs are usually only black-line drawings. The name Tozquihua would refer to someone who has a voice. The possession of the voice derives from the syllable "hua" that is part of the gloss. For another example of speech scrolls standing for the "hua" syllable, see below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Xitlali Torres


song, sing, cantar, canción, voz

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

Poseedor de una Voz, o El Que Canta

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 492r, 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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