xilotl (Verg7r)

xilotl (Verg7r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the element of a xilotl, a tender ear of corn, comes from the compound personal name Cuauhxilotl. The maize cob has some of its kernels exposed, with two husks wrapping the rest. A beautiful tassel of corn silk curves off to the right.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The warrior's hairstyle (see below), with the curving tzontli going off the top of the head, is somewhat reminiscent of the way corn silk bends over from the top of a cob of corn.

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

Museum & Rare Book Comparisons: 
Museum/Rare Book Notes: 

This carved stone altar for receiving offerings has sixteen ears of corn around the outside. They are not labeled with their Nahuatl name (perhaps xilotl) but they are exceptionally well carved. National Museum of Anthropology. Photo by Stephanie Wood, 14 February 2023.

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: 

The non-commercial reuse of images from the Bibliothèque nationale de France is free as long as the user is in compliance with the legislation in force and provides the citation: “Source gallica.bnf.fr / Bibliothèque nationale de France” or “Source gallica.bnf.fr / BnF.” We would also appreciate a citation to the Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs, https://aztecglyphs.wired-humanities.org/.