Xiuhnel (MH651r)

Xiuhnel (MH651r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Xiuhnel ("Incapable," "Morning Star," or "Cloud Serpent," attested here an a man's name) is attested here as a man's name. This is a clump of three sprigs of green herbs (one of the meanings of xihuitl), is bound with a twisted cord. The use of herbs for the "xiuh-" start to the name appears to be a phonetic indicator.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


plantas, hierbas, xihuitl, nombres de gobernadores, Chichimecas, estrellas, serpientes de nubes, nombres de hombres

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

Xiuhnel, the Morning Star, a Cloud Serpent, and a Chichimec ruler, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/xiuhnel
xihu(itl), green herbs, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/xihuitl-0
nel, a secondary particle with many meanings, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/nel

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

La Estrella de la Mañana, o La Serpiente de las Nubes, on Gobernante Chichimeca (?)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 651r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=384&st=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).

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