Xilotl (MH600r)

Xilotl (MH600r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Xilotl (“Tender Ear of Corn,” attested here as a woman’s name) shows a vertical ear of corn with a leaf on the left side and silk at the top, leaning toward the right. The kernels are visible.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The contextualizing image shows that this is an older (wrinkled) woman, probably a widow, who just might have been born before the Spanish invasion and colonization of Mexico. Incidentally, Xilotl is a common name in the Matrícula de Huexotzinco. A few examples appear below. Also, note how the name Ana is written with a line over it (an intrusive overbar, because there is no missing "n"). This was also common. Sometimes the name is written Anan.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

aña x[i]lotl

Gloss Normalization: 

Ana Xilotl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huexotzinco, Matrícula de (MH)

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

maize, maíz, corn, ears, cobs, mazorcas, jilotes, food, comida

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

Mazorca Tierna, Jilote, Elote

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 600r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=279st=image.

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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: