Atlauh (MH737r)

Atlauh (MH737r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing—with added brown watercolor--of the simplex glyph for the personal name Atlauh (“Ravine”) is attested here as a man’s name. The glyph shows a bird’s eye view of spinning and flowing water that is caught between two dark lines. This seems to be is a visual suggestion of water that is flowing through a ravine (atlauhtli). In many glyphs for ravines, water is evident and seems to be a crucial component of a ravine (see examples, below), something evident, too, in the a- start to the word, which comes from atl, water. The movement and swirling of water also have great importance in the Nahua visual culture.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


agua, barrancos, quebradas, ríos, nombres de hombres

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


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 737r, 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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