Cihuacoatl (MH490v)

Cihuacoatl (MH490v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name or title Cihuacoatl has two visual elements. One is a woman's (cihuatl) head shown in profile, looking to the viewer's right. We know this is a woman by her hairstyle with the two points atop her head. The second element of the compound glyph is a serpent (coatl)], curving around the woman's head, and also shown in profile looking to the viewer's right. The serpent or snake's head is at the bottom of the glyph, and its rattler is at the top. The snake's body has spots.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Cihuacoatl can be a title, it is also the name of a female divine force or deity. It is held by a man in this example, a man who has been baptized with the saint's name Pablo.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

pablo çivacovatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Pablo Cihuacoatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzinco, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

José Aguayo-Barragán and Stephanie Wood

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

deidades, deities, diosas, títulos políticos, serpientes, víboras

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 

Cihuacoatl, a female divine force and a high governing title,
cihua(tl), woman,
coa(tl), snake/serpent,

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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