Altepetl (MH537v)

Altepetl (MH537v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Altepetl (“City-State,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a frontal/elevation view of a mountain [tepe(tl)] with swirling river or body of {a(tl)] at the base and in front of the mountain. The water also conveys movement with its straight lines of current. The mountain shows some curves at the top.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

At three years into the construction of the database (May 2023) this is the first occurence of "Altepetl" as a personal name. Perhaps he came from the altepetl of Huexotzinco? Perhaps it was a landscape feature that the parents who named him had in mind?

This is one of a handful of glyphs were "atl" becomes "al." Tonal is another one (see below).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

antonio altepetl

Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio Altepetl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

1560

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

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Syntax (patterns): 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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Keywords: 

towns, pueblos, cities, ciudades, xiuhpohualli, año, turquesa, xihuitl

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Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Image Source: 
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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