Cihuacuitlapil (MH605r)

Cihuacuitlapil (MH605r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the personal name Cihuacuitlapil ("Woman-Tail"), attested here as pertaining to a man, shows the head of a woman (cihuatl) looking toward the viewer's right. Behind her head is a curving tail (cuitlapilli), stretching out the other direction. The woman's hair is styled in the classic way that says "woman," but beyond that, one can see the v-neck of her blouse and the top of the reinforcing rectangle (called a pechero in Spanish today according Ofelia Morales).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

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Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

mujeres, colas

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Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

James Lockhart (The Nahuas, 1992, 120) refers to the name Cihuacuitlapil, witnessed in a census from the Cuernavaca region (1535–45), calling it "Woman's Tail."

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 605r, 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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