Xincuel (MH518r)

Xincuel (MH518r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Xincuel (here, attested as a man's name) shows a man scantily dressed (only wearing a red loincloth) in a position of running or dancing. He head is turning to look behind him. One arm is raised and one leg is bent back and upward.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The meaning of the glyphic name has yet to be deciphered. The gloss may be misleading, as the "n" could be intrusive. And perhaps there should be an "h" before the "-uel." Huel can mean well or able, and it serves an intensifier in Nahuatl. "Xic" is often the start of a command phrase, with the "c" being an object pronoun. None of these observations about Nahuatl, however, help explain the figure and his actions.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

franco xincuel

Gloss Normalization: 

Francisco Xincuel

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

dance, bailar, bailador

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 518r, 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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