Coatequitl (Verg16r)

Coatequitl (Verg16r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Coatequitl (“Tribute Labor,” attested here as a man’s name) includes three elements. In the lower right is a clay jug (comitl) providing the "Co-" phonetic start to the name. Coming out of the top of the container and bending to the left is a stream of water (atl) with four splashes and alternating droplets/bead and turbinate shells at the tips. Finally, in the upper left is a horizontal rectangle with two wavy lines dividing the rectangle into three approximately even portions or sections. This rectangle speaks to the part of the word that is -tequitl (work). This rectangle suggests a piece of woven cloth, but it might also be an agricultural field.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

In other appearances of this visual for tequitl, we have concluded that it refers more likely to a piece of cloth tribute than a land allotment. It resembles the cloth tribute from the Tepetlaoztoc manuscripts more than agricultural parcels. It is very much like the rectangle in the compound glyph for the place name, Yancuictlan, shown below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juan.cohuatequitl

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Coatequitl

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

1539

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Tepetlaoztoc, near Tetzcoco

Semantic Categories: 
Syntax: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

cantaros, agua, telas, mantas, tributos

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

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