Amiztlahto (MH733r)

Amiztlahto (MH733r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name, Amiztlato (or Amiztlahto, with the glottal stop) is attested here as pertaining to a man. The name apparently means “Leader Among Hunters,” which means that at least the water element (atl) and the speech scrolls (tlatoa or tlahtoa) are phonographic. The mountain lion (miztli) could play a semantic role relating to hunting. The wildcat is shown in profile, facing toward the viewer’s right. Its mouth appears to be open, almost drinking the water that swirls by. The swirling water has one short stream at the bottom, and a droplet (shaped like a bead) appears at the bottom of this stream.

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

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

volutas, hablar, pumas, agua, remolino, nombres de hombres

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

Amiztlato, a leader among hunters,
a(tl), water,
miz(tli), wildcat, mountain lion,
tlatoa or tlahtoa with the glottal stop, to speak,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Cazador Capitán

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 733r, 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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