Ce Coatl (CQ)

Ce Coatl (CQ)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This combined simplex glyph-notation is a personal name and a date, Ce Coatl or 1-Coatl (One Serpent or 1-Serpent). In context, it appears next to a seated man wearing a cape tied at the shoulder. The snake/serpent, shown in profile and facing toward the viewer's left, has a kink or curve in its body. An eye is visible, along with a rattler tail and a protruding, bifurcated tongue. The snake is painted gray or purple. The notation for "one" is one small circle. It is not painted inside, just left natural.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Ce Coatl refers to a day in the tonalpohuallli, 260-day divinatory calendar, and calendrics played an important role in Mixtecs' religious views of the cosmos. It is not unusual for people (in this case a male) to take a calendrical name. This "Coatl" may be the person who had rights to the milpa mentioned elsewhere on this manuscript. See below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

covers ruling men and women of Tecamachalco through 1593

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

southern Puebla state

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Randall Rodríguez

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

one, uno, snakes, serpents, serpientes, víboras, dates, fetchas, names, nombres, numbers, números

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

Uno Serpiente, 1-Serpiente

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, aka Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, Codex Ehecatepec-Huitziltepec, or Charles Ratton Codex. Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017590521/

Image Source, Rights: 

The Library of Congress, current custodian of this pictorial Mexican manuscript, hosts a digital version online. It is not copyright protected.

Historical Contextualizing Image: