Colicatl (MH580v)

Colicatl (MH580v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Colicatl (perhaps “Field Worker," attested here as a man’s name) shows a hook that curves to the right at the top. This curving line seems to provide the phonetics for Coli- (colli, bent). The suffix of affiliation (-catl) is not shown visually.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The term colicatl can be found in Book 10 of the Florentine Codex, where it is left untranslated but appears in a discussion of wheat farming and people with tlalli and milli (agricultural fields). Perhaps field workers tend to become hunched over as a result of their back-breaking work in the fields, and this gives them the name of "bent."

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


curved, curva, curvo, bent, doblado, doblada, person, persona, peón, trabajadores de campo

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

Colicatl, a personal name, also perhaps a farmer,
col(li), bent, twisted, or curled thing,
-catl, affiliation suffix,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Un Trabajador de Campo

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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