Coatl Ichan (MH771v)

Coatl Ichan (MH771v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the place name Coatl Ichan ("Serpent's Home"). It shows a frontal view of a house (calli or chantli) with red wooden beams framing the entryway. In this entryway, there is a spiraling snake (coatl). Its head is off toward the viewer's right. The eye is open, and the bifurcating tongue is protruding. Dots cover the snake's body. The possessive (-I) is implied by the placement of the snake inside the building. It is his.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Coatl Ichan (or Coatlichan)

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): 

edificios, casas, hogares, arquitectura, víboras, serpientes, enrollado, punteado, rojo, madera, nombres de lugares, topónimos, barrios

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

coa(tl), snake or serpent,
chan(tli), home,
i-, (third person singular possessive pronoun)

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Hogar de la Serpiente

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 771v, 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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