Tzihuacmitl (MH659r)

Tzihuacmitl (MH659r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tzihuacmitl (“Agave Arrow”) is attested here as a man’s name. It shows a vertical arrow, point down, decorated with a wing feather and fletching in trapezoidal shapes, two on the left side and one on the right. The shaft of the arrow must come from the tzihuactli, the floral stem from an agave or a cactus.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

See the Huacmitl as a comparison, below. In that case one wonders whether tzihuacmitl was also meant, with the huactli bird serving as a phonetic indicator for tzihuactli.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

franco, tziuacmitl

Gloss Normalization: 

Francisco Tzihuacmitl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


flechas, cactos, plantas, nombres de hombres

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

Flecha del Halcón o de la Garza

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 659r, 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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