Acolhua (MH595r)

Acolhua (MH595r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Acolhua (“Person from Acolhuacan,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a profile view of a human arm bent at the elbow into an L-shape. At the top, at the site of the shoulder (acolli), water (atl) emerges. The -hua is either not shown visually or it is represented by the hand, given that a "grasping hand" can be interpreted as the hua syllabic phonogram. The water consists of three triangular streams, each one with a line of current (movement) down the middle and a droplet at the lower tip.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The atl in this compound plays a phonetic reinforcing role; it is there to ensure the reading begins with A-.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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

water, agua, shoulder, hombro, etnicidades, Acolhuacan, Tetzcoco

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

El Acolhua

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 595r, 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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