Coxcox (MH572r)

Coxcox (MH572r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Coxcox (“Pheasant,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a profile view of the head of a bird [probably the coxcoxtli), a pheasant and/or a nocturnal bird]. Its visible eye and beak are open. It has a feather protruding off the back of its head. The feathers at its neck are spiky.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This is a fairly rare bird, as is the cuixtli (see below). Eagles, egrets, turkeys, hummingbirds, etc., are much more common.

Coxcox was a tlatoani of Culhuacan (Colhuacan), as seen in the Codex Boturini. [See: Lori Boornazian Diel, The Tira de Tepechpan (2009), 30.] He is also mentioned as the son of Acolmiztli in the Codex Xolotl. [See: Eduardo de J. Douglas, In the Palace of Nezahualcoyotl (2012), 228.]

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juā cuscus

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Coxcox

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


pheasants, faisanes, nocturnal bird, pájaros nocturnos

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

El Faisán Nocturno

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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