Coyotlami (MH532r)

Coyotlami (MH532r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Coyotlami (“The Coyote Perishes,” attested here as a man’s name) shows an entire body of a coyote, standing on its hind legs, in profile, facing toward the right. Its tongue is protruding and its front paws are up near its mouth. Its visible eye appears open. To indicate its is dying, the artist has pierced the side of the coyote's abdomen with an arrow (at an angle). The arrow has the usual wing and down feathers decorating the upper shaft.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This name can serve as a complete sentence. Unlike many sentences in the collection, the implied verb "to be" is not required, as the verb tlami (to perish) is provided in the gloss.

The decoration on the arrow or dart is similar whether it is an acatl, a mitl, or a tlacochin. The tlaxichtli is an arrow used with the crossbow that is primarily shown in a way that emphasizes its barbed point, but at least one tlaxichtli from the Matrícula de Huexotzinco shows the same feathered decorations. See below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

luis coyotlami

Gloss Normalization: 

Luis Coyotlami

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

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

coyotes, arrows, flechas, muerte, death

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

El Coyote Fallece

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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