Coco (Verg8v)

Coco (Verg8v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Coco (perhaps “Female Domestic Servant,” attested here as a man’s name) includes three elements. On the left is a bird, shown in profile, facing toward the reader's right. This bird might be the coxcox, but there are no indications to suggest this other than the fact that the name is somewhat similar, having a similar reduplicated element, and so it may be serving a phonetic role as a semi-homophone. On the right, at the top, is a chile pepper. Perhaps this pepper provides a phonetic indicator for cococ, which refers to its notable spiciness and serves as a similar semi-homophone. Finally, below the pepper is a ceramic jug (comitl), which provides a final phonetic value for one of the "co" syllables.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This compound seems to be fully phonographic, given that no single element refers to a domestic servant--if that, indeed, is what the name is meant to be and not the bird called coxcox. We do have two glyphs in the collection for that bird.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

mrn. coco

Gloss Normalization: 

Martín Coco

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

near Tepetlaoztoc, near Tetzcoco

Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

pájaros, chiles, cantaros, cerámica, barro, jugs, ceramics, chile peppers, spicy, picante

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

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