Ahuacatzontetl (MH875r)

Ahuacatzontetl (MH875r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Ahuacatzontetl (perhaps "Avocado Pit Head," attested here as a man's name) shows a black, tear-drop shaped, suspended avocado (ahuacatl). Below the avocado is some hair (tzontli), shaped something like a nest. The hair can serve as a phonetic indicator for head (tzon-). Finally, below the hair, is a horizontal, striped stone (tetl) with curling ends. The stone is a phonetic indicator for the pit or seed of the avocado.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Because tzontli can also refer to a head, perhaps this is a reference to a person with a head that is shaped like an avocado seed. If so, the hair and stone have a phonetic role.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

dio avacatzōtetl

Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Ahuacatzontetl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

stones, rocks, piedras, seeds, pits, nombres de hombres, hueso de avocado, aguacate, food, comida, cabezas, pelo

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 875r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=822&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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