Tzihuacmitl (MH661v)

Tzihuacmitl (MH661v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Tzihuacmitl (“Agave-Stalk Arrow”) is attested here as a man’s name. The glyph combines an agave stalk (tzihuactli) with a barbed arrow (mitl), separating the two somewhat, perhaps to clarify that this is a certain kind of arrow, made with the stalk of the agave known as the tzihuactli.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

See the image from the Florentine Codex, below, showing the agaves that are called tzihuactli. Sometimes the tzihuactli glyphs look like trunks where branches have been removed in a haphazard way, leaving short stumps. The appearance of a tree trunk may be employed to complement the glyph with a (“cua” phonetic syllable that is much like the “hua” syllable).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

flechas, agaves, tallos, nombres de hombres

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

tzihuacmi(tl), arrow made from an agave stalk,
tzihuac(tli), small agave with a spiny flower stalk,
mi(tl), arrow,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Flecha del Tallo de Agave

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 661v, 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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