Coatlahuiz (MH535r)

Coatlahuiz (MH535r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Coatlahuiz (“Serpent-Stick,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a thin, vertical stick with a snake or serpent wrapping around it, ending with its head up and looking toward the reader's right. Its bifurcated tongue protrudes. It has shading on the underbelly, giving it a three-dimensionality.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This serpent-stick may be a reference to the axoquen, which was a digging stick used in agriculture that typically had a zoomorphic head, such as a serpent or a bird.

This image is strikingly reminiscent of the Maturandum published in Europe in 1534 (see Boone, 2020, 22).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

hoes, coas, digging sticks, serpientes, víboras

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


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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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