atl (MH557v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of an element (atl, water) from the compound glyph for Chalchihuatl (below) shows a spiral. Swirling water is a common theme in Nahuatl hieroglyphs. Swirls and coils suggest movement.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


agua, water

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Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
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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).