Concaquitl (MH491r)

Concaquitl (MH491r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Concaquitl shows a human ear and small, squiggly lines near the ear (which we are counting as one, combined element, given the resulting meaning). The symbols next to the ear seem to convey sound going into the ear, to suggest the verb caqui, to hear, understand, or listen.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This ear might be compared to the nacaztli (ear) from the Codex Mendoza, which has a different shape, especially at the top. Visuals for sound do exist. See the bell (coyolli) below, where scrolls emerge from the bottom, suggesting the ringing sound that could be emerging. The presence of an absolutive suffix (-tl) in the gloss may intend a reading of the noun "hearing." The "Con-" may refer to a ceramic pot (comitl), but none is shown. The "Con-" construction might alternatively represent an object (C-) and a directional (-on-), but these are not obvious in the visual, either.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

pernardino cōcāqtl

Gloss Normalization: 

Bernardino Concaquitl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzinco, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

José Aguayo-Barragán

Other Cultural Influences: 

ears, orejas, sonidos, sounds

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 491r, 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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