Aztacoatl (MH771v)

Aztacoatl (MH771v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Aztacoatl (perhaps "Egret-Snake") is attested here as a man's name. It shows a white heron or egret (aztatl) in profile, facing the viewer's right, but with its head hanging down. Coming from behind or inside the bird, half a snake (coatl) hangs down. The snake's curvy body has dots on it.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Both of these attributes--the egret, loved for its white feathers, and the serpent--would seem to be prized themes in regalia. Perhaps this is part of the meaning behind the name. At any rate, there was an important figure named Aztacoatl (or Aztacoatzin, in the reverential form) in the leadership of Cuauhtinchan. See: Documentos sobre tierras y señoríos de Cuauhtinchan, Luis Reyes García, ed. (1988), 90.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

po anzthacovatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Aztacoatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

animales, pájaros, garzas, garcetas, serpientes, viboras, 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 771v, 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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