Amantecatl (MH745v)

Amantecatl (MH745v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name or occupation of
Amantecatl (perhaps “Feather Worker”) is attested here as pertaining to a man. The visual for this name looks something like folded paper (amatl) rather than feathers. If it is paper, then amatl is a phonetic indicator for the Ama- start to the name, and the artistic nature of the paper may provide a semantic hint for “skilled artisan” (amantecatl).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

plumas, papel, artesanos, nombres de hombres

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

amanteca(tl), a skilled artisan, often a feather worker,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Artesano de Plumas

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 745v, 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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