Xiuhtzitzin (MH633r)

Xiuhtzitzin (MH633r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Xiuhtzitzin (perhaps "Precious Turquoise Pieces," attested here as a woman's name) shows a profile view of a rear end or buttocks facing left. The rear end (tzintli) is the phonetic indicator for the reverential suffix (-tzin). The tesserae, or mosaic pieces of turquoise (xihuitl) is possibly the key part of the name (Xiuh-). The green leaf (also xihuitl) provides a phonetic complement, and perhaps it accounts for the reduplication of the suffix, helping convey the multiplicity of pieces of precious turquoise.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Isabel Xiuhtzitzin

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

turquoise, turquesa, mosáicos, tesserae, bottoms, rear ends, buttocks, nalgas, traseros, leaves, hojas, plants, plantas

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

xihui(tl), turquoise pieces, also herbs, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/xihuitl-0
tzin(tli), buttocks, rear end, bottom, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tzintli

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 633r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=348st=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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