Camach (MH629v)

Camach (MH629v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Camach (perhaps "Jaw") is attested here as a man's name. The compound glyph consists of two elements, a jaw (camachalli) and a hand (maitl). The jaw is part of a mouth shown in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. The mouth is open somewhat. The upper lip curls up and back, more like an animal's mouth than a human mouth. The hand is attached to an arm that comes out from the mouth. The hand--a right hand--appears in a frontal view with the fingertips pointing upward. The hand plays a phonetic role, providing the "ma" syllable.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

For a similar (and even more) curling lip, see Tlatonac, below. Notice how teeth are not shown here, so the reader would not conclude that the reading is tlantli. To read the description of the jaw (camachalli) in the Florentine Codex, see the Digital Florentine Codex, Book 10, Folio 76r:

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Felipe Camach

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Syntax (patterns): 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

mouths, bocas, jaws, jawbones, quijadas, hands, manos, fonetismo, 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 629v, 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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