amaitl (FCbk11f225v)

amaitl (FCbk11f225v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a compound glyph for amaitl), the name of a certain kind of body of water. The entry concerned with it appears on folio 225 verso of Book 11, “Earthly Things,” Chapter 12, of the General History of the Things of New Spain, also known as the Florentine Codex. This compound features a swirling body of water (atl) and, above it, a human hand and arm (maitl). Both are outlined in black with a little shading. The hand is represented vertically, while the water is horizontal, with classic rounded and squared off swirls in a series. Other lines in the water suggest its watery, moving nature.

Description, Credit: 

Robert Haskett

Added Analysis: 

Amaitl seems to refer to a kind of fjord or a fairly narrow inlet or bay. Anderson and Dibble translate the Nahuatl description found in the codex as, “an arm of the sea which is extending among the mountains, which is becoming narrow as it extends” (Book 11, Natural Things, Chapter 12, 250).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Robert Haskett

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Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Robert Haskett

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Robert Haskett

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

inlets, fjords, water, agua, fiordos, bahías, ensenadas

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

la ensenada

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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