Cocotli (MH563r)

Cocotli (MH563r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Cocotli (perhaps “Throat,” or "Turtle Dove," attested here as a man’s name) shows a frontal view of what appears to be a cocoon with a head on top. It is vertical and segmented. The head is facing toward the viewer's right.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

A cocotli can be a throat or a turtle dove. The head gives attention to the possibility of throat. Another reading could be cocotl, expressed here as a dialectical variant (with the added "i" on the end), and meaning either pimple or scorpion, but the glyph looks like neither of those. So, the translation is a mystery. See below for other cocoon-like glyphs.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

pilipe cocotli

Gloss Normalization: 

Felipe Cocotli

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


turtledoves, birds, tortolillas, pájaros. gargantas, throats

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

Tórtola, o Garganta

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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