Cozcacuauh (MH653r)

Cozcacuauh (MH653r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Cozcacuauh ("King Vulture," attested here as a man's name) shows an eagle in profile, looking toward the viewer's right. Its eye appears to be open. The necklace (cozcatl) on the eagle's neck is a phonetic indicator that this is not an eagle but a cozcacuauhtli, vulture.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This is a day sign in the tonalpohualli, the 260-day divinatory calendar. Normally, the vulture would have a numerical companion from 1 to 13. Because of colonial edicts to stop using the tonalpohualli as a source for names, one thing that happened is that the companion numbers were dropped, perhaps as a stopgap measure to reduce the sacred nature of the name. See Norma Angélica Castilla Palma, "Las huellas del oficio y lo sagrado en los nombres nahuas de familias y barrios de Cholula," Dimensión Antropológica v. 65 (sept.-dic. 2015), 186.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

po cozcaquauh

Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Cozcacuauh

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

buitres, águilas con collares, pájaros, plumas, calendarios, días, tonalpohualli, nombres de hombres

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 653r, 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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