Amacozatl (MH795r)

Amacozatl (MH795r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Amacozatl (the name of a river in the hotlands, and perhaps translating as "Water From the Amacoztic Trees") is attested here as pertaining to a man. The glyph consists of a square sheet of paper (amatl) with two short streams of water (atl) coming down from the lower edge. Each stream has a droplet at the bottom consisting of a small circle with an even smaller concentric circle inside. Further, the streams each have a black line of current running down the middle. The "coz" (yellow) part of the name is not shown visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

If one compares glyphs or elements showing paper (amatl) over time, the Codex Mendoza is more likely to have paper rolled and tied, whereas the Matrícula de Huexotzinco is more likely to show paper in sheets. This would appear to reflect a growing familiarity with European paper and alphabetic writing. Glyphs showing bound books also increase over time.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

po amacoçātl

Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Amacozatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

nombres de hombres, papel, amate, agua

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

Amacozatl, the name of a river in the hotlands, and the name of a barrio (near Cohuixca),
ama(tl), paper,
coztic, something yellow,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Agua de los Árboles Amacoztic (?)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 795r, 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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