Anahuacatl (MH502r)

Anahuacatl (MH502r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Anahuacatl (“Person from Anahuac”) is attested here as a man’s name.The glyph shows a frontal view of a man's head with water coming off the top and down the sides. These curving streams of water, with smaller streams splashing off and droplets and at least one shell at the ends of these splashes, also include black lines in the water that suggest current, movement.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This simplex glyph of water refers to being near (-nahuac-) the water (atl), which could be said of the capital city, Mexico Tenochtitlan, surrounded by lakes. So, someone from Anahuac was a Mexica, a Tenochca, or someone from another lakeshore community. Note, too, how the water combines with the hair, and the hair of the related ethnic labels, Mexicatl (MH595r) and Mexi (MH665v), can be long.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Anahuacatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


agua, junto, cerca, Mexico-Tenochtitlan, lagos, lakes, lakeside, Anahuac

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

anahuac, a place name or next to the water,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

[Él es] de Anahuac (Cerca de los Lagos or la Costa)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 502r, 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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