xochitl (CQ)

xochitl (CQ)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for flower (xochitl) has been carved from the personal name of an elite indigenous woman, Macuilli Xochitl (9-Flower), which is also a date. The flower is upright with three visible (red) petals and a white tripartite sepal. The sepal has a horizontal black line toward the bottom, and an upside-down black V-shape line cuts across the base of the flower, reaching up to the middle petal.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The design of this flower differs considerably from flowers in other codices, which shows the broad range of flower paintings that were possible. See below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

covers ruling men and women of Tecamachalco through 1593

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

southern Puebla state

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

flowers, las flores, plants, las plantas

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

la flor

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Randall Rodríguez

Image Source: 

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, aka Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, Codex Ehecatepec-Huitziltepec, or Charles Ratton Codex. Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017590521/

Image Source, Rights: 

The Library of Congress, current custodian of this pictorial Mexican manuscript, hosts a digital version online. It is not copyright protected.

Historical Contextualizing Image: