cacalotl (Mdz33r)

cacalotl (Mdz33r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

The crow (cacalotl) is shown here in profile, in its full size, facing to our right. It should be colored gray, with a gray beak, feet, and a light gray eye. Its beak is slightly open, but it does not have the hook on the top part of the beak that an eagle has, for instance. But, like the eagle, the claws are fairly prominent. The compound glyph in which this element appears has a hand-arm (maitl or matl) above the cacalotl, and the place name it represents is Cacalomacan (with the locative -can not being shown visually).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Cacalotl was a name that could be given to a person. There was a prominent Nahua leader in Cuauhtlantzinco (now in the state of Puebla) named Cacalotl. He is the fourth figure on the left in this scene from the Mapa de Cuauhtlantzinco (19th-century copy of an earlier pictorial manuscript),

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
SVG of Glyph: 
SVG Image, Credit: 

Joseph Scott and Crystal Boulton-Scott made the SVG.


bird, birds, crows

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

a crow

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el cuervo

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
Image Source, Rights: 

The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, hold the original manuscript, the MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1. This image is published here under the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0).