Xochiteotl (MH642r)

Xochiteotl (MH642r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Xochiteotl (perhaps "Flower-Divinity") is attested here as pertaining to a man. Here, the divinity (teotl) is shown as a sun with an anthropomorphic face--two eyes and a nose--and seven pointy rays. This sun suggests European influence in both the stylistics and the conceptualization of a personalized teotl. It also supports the idea of a favored deity being equated with the sun. Below the sun is an upright flower with three visible petals and a base with three parts.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Gloss Normalization: 


Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

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Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

flowers, flores, deidades, deities, divinidades, divinities, nombres de hombres

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

"Flower-Deity" or "Sacred Flower" [H.B. Nicholson, in Mesoamerican Writing Systems, ed. Elizabeth P. Benson (1973), 28.]

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 642r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=366st=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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