xilotl (Verg15r)

xilotl (Verg15r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element of a xilotl, a small tender ear of maize before it solidifies, comes from the compound personal name Cuauhxilotl. The cob of corn is unwrapped, revealing the segmentation of the kernels. A tassel of corn silk comes off the top and bends to the right. Quite a bit of this vertical corn stalk and several of its leaves are visible. It is shown in a frontal view.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Perhaps it is a coincidence, but the corn silk is reminiscent of the way the tzontli (hair lock), when worn at the top of the head, tips over. See below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Tepetlaoztoc, near Tetzcoco

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


maize, maíz, corn, mazorcas, elotes, granos de maíz

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

xilo(tl), small, tender ear of green maize, before it solidifies, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/xilotl

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

la mazorca tierna, el jilote, el elote

Image Source: 
Image Source, Rights: 

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