Acol (MH623v)

Acol (MH623v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name or ethnicity, Acol (“Shoulder,” "River Bend." or "An Acolhua," attested here as a man’s name), shows a profile view of a right arm. At the top of the arm, at the site of the shoulder (acolli) is where some water (atl) emerges. The water has a circular center with three or four short streams radiating out from the center. The streams here end in the usual droplets (sometimes seen as green stones), but no turbinate shells.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The water can provide a phonetic indicator for the word acolli (shoulder), or it could have a semantic role if "river bend" is meant.

Unlike the shoulders of the Codex Mendoza, in this glyph a bone is not protruding from the arm (at the site of the emerging water).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Mateo Acol

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): 

agua, hombros, curvas, ríos, etnicidades, Acolhuas, Acolhuaqueh, Acolhuaque

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

El Hombro

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 623v, World Digital Library,

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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