Coayaotequihua (MH746r)

Coayaotequihua (MH746r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name or title, Coayaotequihua (“Serpent War Leader”), is attested here as a man’s name or title. It shows an undulating serpent (coatl) body in profile, as though moving toward the viewer’s right. Its body is dotes, it has a rattler tail, its eye is open, and its bifurcated tongue protrudes. Above and perhaps somewhat behind the snake is something shaped like a capital letter M, but with twisted cords or rope bending over from the top of both corners of the M shape. We learn from other glyphs in this collection that this symbol relates to the Tecpanecatl.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

serpientes, víboras, títulos, trabajo, oficios, líderes, gobierno, nombres de hombres

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

Serpiente-Jefe de Guerra

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 746r, 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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