Xochtopil (MH550v)

Xochtopil (MH550v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name or office, Xochtopil (“Flowered Staff,” attested here as a man’s name), shows a vertical stick with an upright red flower--with a tripartite sepal, stem, and one leaf--coming out on the viewer's right. The flower has three visible petals and it is painted a bright red.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

While the glyph appears to represent an object--a staff that is decorated with flowers--there is a possibility that it refers to an occupation or position of authority in the altepetl. The staff (topilli) was a symbol of authority, and in Indigenous communities of New Spain, the topile (Hispanized version of topilli) was a constable.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

pedro xochtopil

Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Xochtopil

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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

flores, bastones, autoridad

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

El Topile de Flores

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 550v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=180&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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