Xochipepena (MH488v)

Xochipepena (MH488v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Xochipepena (“Chooses Flowers,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a frontal view of a human hand (a semantic indicator for the verb pepena) reaching up to two flowers (xochitl), each featuring three petals, and arranged symmetrically. Between the two blossoms is the glyph for rain (quiyahuitl), which does not seem to enter into the name as glossed.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The presence of two flowers may provide a hint to the reduplication of the verb pepena. The role of the rain glyph in the compound is unclear. Rain is a day sign in the 260-day divinatory calendar (the tonalpohualli), so perhaps the flowers are being selected for a religious feast day.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

marcos xochipepena

Gloss Normalization: 

Marcos Xochipepena

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Xitlali Torres

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

flowers, flores, rain, lluvia, escoger, choose, pick

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Él Selecciona las Flores

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 488v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=56&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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