Amatlacuilol (MH606v)

Amatlacuilol (MH606v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Amatlacuilol shows a piece of paper (amatl) with writing (tlacuilolli) on it. The name here is short for amatlacuilolli. A hand (presumably of the tlacuilo, or writer) is holding a writing implement in front of the paper with writing. Another writing implement appears to poke up from behind the paper, but this may be a Y-shaped tree trunk, representing the amatl tree. The "writing" on the paper consists of rows of short vertical lines, not alphabetic letters per se.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

In Nahuatl hieroglyphs, writing can be shown as something akin to speech scrolls, suggesting that writing is hieroglyphic. But it is also shown as short lines, more resembling alphabetic writing (introduced by European friars), such as one sees here. This seems to suggest European influence in the conceptualization of writing. Paper will also sometimes be replaced with European-like books instead of Indigenous screenfolded paper.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

dio amatlacuilol

Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Amatlacuilol

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): 
Other Cultural Influences: 

paper, papel, writing, escrituras, amate

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

La Escritura en Papel

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 606v, 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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