Coacuechtli (MH569v)

Coacuechtli (MH569v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name for Coacuechtli ["Serpent-Shell," attested here as a man's name) possibly shows a serpent (coatl) coiled around a post (the spiral is implicit, seemingly). The look, however, is also reminiscent of an upright shell (cuechtli). Another example of a cuechtli has curving lines that, if stood upright, could look like these coils. Usually, with alphabetic compounds, the first part modifies the second, so the result would be a coiled-serpent-like shell.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

martin couacuechtli

Gloss Normalization: 

Martín Coacuechtli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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

snakes, serpents, serpiente, conchas, caracoles, shells

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

La Concha Parecida a una Serpiente Enrollada

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 569v, 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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