Ayapan (MH530v)

Ayapan (MH530v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name or place of origin, Ayapan (perhaps "On the Cloak," attested here as a man’s name), shows a frontal view of a rectangular cloth (ayatl) with a segmented border around it. The cloth is undecorated inside the border and just left natural (not painted) by the author/artist. Underneath the cloth is a flow of water, perhaps a waterway (apantli). The water flows from the left (where there is a whirlpool or natural spring) toward the viewer's right. The three little streams have wavy lines of current (movement) and droplets/beads or shells at the tips of each stream.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The water is a phonetic indicator that this name begins with "A-." Usually, someone from Ayapan would be referred to as an Ayapanecatl. Perhaps this name is simply apocopated. Alternatively, Ayapan is the name of a perennial plant, and so that might be the real meaning of the name, and the elements of the compound are fully phonographic.

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Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

water, agua, fabric, tela, cotton, algodón, cloaks, mantas

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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).

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