Coazaca (MH647v)

Coazaca (MH647v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This painting of the simplex glyph for the personal name Coazaca ("Serpent-Hay") is attested here as a man's name. The glyph shows a black serpent in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. It has a speckled head, an open eye, and an open mouth with a protruding bifurcated tongue. At the left end of the snake is a suggestion of a rattle. The element for -zaca (straw, hay, weeds, grass) is not shown visually or it is not obvious.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Perhaps this name, Coazaca, is something like "Snake in the Grass," but it is difficult to translated based on this visual alone. Coazacatzin was the name of a famous Nahua ruler of Teohuacan Amaquemecan. He was a leader from a young age, but his mother ruled in his stead for a time. [See: Kay A. Read and Jane Rosenthal, "The Chalcan Woman's Song," The Americas 62:3 (January 2006), 318.]

The gloss "tlama" suggests this man may have been a physician or surgeon.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

pedro cohuaçaca tlama

Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Coazaca, tlama

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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

nombres de gobernantes famosos, Coazacatzin, serpientes, paja, zacate, 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 647r, 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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