Canauh (MH595v)

Canauh (MH595v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Canauh (“Duck,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a duck (canauhtli) standing in profile, looking toward the viewer's right, with its visible eye open, its wings raised, and its left foot lifted, as though in motion. Its bill is characteristically wide and rounded.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Ducks, being water birds and common in North America, were known on the lakes around Tenochtitlan. Duck meat was eaten in a sauce, stewed, and dried, and duck eggs were also eaten, as the Florentine Codex describes (Book 2, p. 281; Book 8, p. 839; Book 10, p. 1043; ; Anderson and Dibble translation.) Duck heads and bills are known to have been carved from different substances. Some were made into necklaces, such as the one published in the Museo de Sitio de Tlatelolco (2012, 238), which was made from translucent obsidian in gray and other tones.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

dio canauh

Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Canauh

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huexotzinco, Matrícula de (MH)

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

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

ducks, patos, birds, pájaros, nombres de hombres

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

El Pato

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 595v, 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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