Amatlacuilol (MH522v)

Amatlacuilol (MH522v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name or occupation, Amatlacuilol (“Paper Writing,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a horizontal rectangle in a bird's eye view that appears to be a piece of paper with a simulation of writing on it (see also tlacuilolli and amatlacuilolli). The writing involves three horizontal rows of hash marks--seven short, vertical line on the top row, seven in the middle row, and six on the bottom row. No real words or hieroglyphs appear on the piece of paper (or page).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This amatlacuilolli (piece of writing on paper) is more akin to Indigenous paper-writing than another amatlacuilolli from the Matrícula de Huexotzinco that is currently in preparation for being added to this collection. The other one shows a European book opening out to the right and left from a center binding. Amatl, as it appears in the collection can be a flat piece of paper (white or yellow at the moment of writing this), or it can be rolled and tied at the middle with a string. See below. The term tlacuilolli covers writing and painting on paper, possibly also on ceramics, and stone carvings. Cuilol- can also be combined with tlalli and cuemitl to refer to cultivation.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

felliphe amatlacuilol

Gloss Normalization: 

Felipe Amatlacuilol

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzinco, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

José Aguayo-Barragán and Stephanie Wood


escrituras, pieces of writing, alphabetic writing, papers, letters, cartas, papeles, paintings, carvings, pinturas, esculturas

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

Escritura de Papel

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

José Aguayo-Barragán

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 522v, 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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