Chimalteuh (MH490v)

Chimalteuh (MH490v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Chimalteuh ("Like a Shield") includes a war shield (chimalli) with a traditional design called cuexyo. The squiggles around the outside of the shield provide the reading of dust or dirt (teuhtli). However, the dust is likely a phonetic indicator for the suffix -teuh, in the manner of. If it is not a stretch, the dust might also serve as a phonetic indicator for -teo (from teotl, divinity or deity).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Dust can be carried easily by the wind, making wind (such as dust devils) visible, so, if it is not a phonetic indicator for -teuh (in the manner of), it may add religious meaning connected to Ehecatl, the divine force of wind. The suffix -teuh is also a near homophone for teotl) (deity, divine force).

It is also worth mentioning here that the name Chimalman also seems to mean "Like a Shield."

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

garcia (?) chimalteuh

Gloss Normalization: 

Garcia (?) Chimalteuh

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzinco, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

José Aguayo-Barragán and Stephanie Wood

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

shields, rodelas, armas, polvo

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

A Manera de la Rodela

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 483r, 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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