Coaix (MH659r)

Coaix (MH659r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Coaix (“Snake Eye”) is attested here as a man’s name. The eye is on the viewer’s left. It is a fairly early representation of what is called the “starry” eye (as it doubles for a star), but it has a black iris. The snake is on the right of the eye. It is a partial snake, with a focus on the head, with eye open and bifurcated tongue protruding. Its body shows short black lines that may suggest segmentation or scaliness.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The association between the starry eye and knowledge or experience that leads to wisdom may come into play here. It may provide a clue into the Nahua thinking about serpents.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

agustin covayx

Gloss Normalization: 

Agustín Coaix (or Cohuaix)

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

serpientes, víboras, ojos, nombres de hombres

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


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 659r, 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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