Colotl (MH527r)

Colotl (MH527r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Colotl (here, attested as a man’s name) shows a bird's eye view of a scorpion (colotl) without a head. It does have six legs with claws, horizontal stripes across its body, and a notably curling tail (see the noun colli). The stinger at the end of the tail is not visible.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The curling tail ay be a phonetic complement to the name of the bug, given that the verb coloa means "to curl," and if the verb is apocopated, it results in the root for colotl.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

augustin conlotl

Gloss Normalization: 

Agustín Colotl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 

scorpion, escorpión, cola enrollada, curled tail

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

el escorpión

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 527r, 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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