Ahuatl (MH777v)

Ahuatl (MH777v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Ahuatl ("Hairy Worm") is attested here as a man's name. The imagery in the glyph does seem to support this translation, as it appears to be a hairy worm with a wavy body and a small head at the top. The head seems to have eyes. This may be something to watch. The hairy worm or the slender thorn could possibly serve as yet another "hua" syllable in some compounds.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This glyph is also reminiscent of a couple of glyphs for comets (xiuhtli). But the connection, if any, is elusive. The glyph for "Ahua" (a much closer noun) is apparently of a "long slender thorn," but it also has some visual elements linked to the Ahuatl and Xiuhtli glyphs.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Damián Ahuatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


gusanos, peludo, vertical, nombres de hombres

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

Gusano Peludo

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 777v, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=629&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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