Amaxac (MH786r)

Amaxac (MH786r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the place name Amaxac (perhaps "At the Y in the River"). Alternately, this glyph could be considered a simplex, if this is a common way of representing a bifurcation (maxactli) in a river. The water (atl) is painted turquoise-blue. It is filled with thick and thin black lines, seemingly to indicate current (movement). The swirls suggest the same. Two of the swirls are round and one is rectangular, like the xicalcoliuhqui stepped-fret design on war shields.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

ān māxāc

Gloss Normalization: 


Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

nombres de lugares, barrios, topónimos, agua, remolinos, bifurcación

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

"Una Bifurcación del Río"

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 786r, 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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