Ahuitzotl (TR39r)

Ahuitzotl (TR39r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the personal name Ahuitzotl (the Mexica ruler who preceded Motecuhzoma Xocoyotl) shows a small dark gray animal in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. Its eye is open and its teeth protrude. Its tail spirals. Coming off the back and tail of the animal are spurts of turquoise blue water, each spurt with a droplet or a turbinate shell at its tip.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The contextualizing image shows the remark in Spanish, "cierto animal del agua," a certain water animal, which is meant as a translation of the name, Ahuitzotl. Alonso de Molina (as quoted in our Online Nahuatl Dictionary) suggests that the animal was like a small dog. Wikipedia suggests it is a marsupial, a water opossum (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_opossum) with a prehensile tail.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Number of Parts (of compounds): 
Reading Order: 

animals, animales, water, agua, nombres, tlahtoani, tlatoani, tecuhtli, tecutli, teuctli

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

ahuitzo(tl), a certain water animal, like a little dog, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/ahuitzotl

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Animal del Agua (parecido al perro)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 39 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection, https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8458267s/f103.item.zoom

Image Source, Rights: 

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