Cuachal (MH747r)

Cuachal (MH747r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Cuachal is attested here as a man’s name. It shows an unidentifiable shape that looks something like a large paint brush, with bristles upward, and handle missing. The bristles are also divided in half, with one group leaning left and one group leaning right. It speaks to something cut in the middle, with a V-shape missing. Along the bottom of what we might imagine to be bristles is a horizontal rectangle.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Obviously, more research is needed to decipher this glyph. When comparing it to the other example we currently have in the database, both examples have this V-shape missing. The other one, however, is a human head, which seems closer to the dictionary term cuachachal, a person with a large head. Cut out of the middle and top of that head is a V-shape. So, this is what the two glyphs have in common and may speak to the name Cuachal.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

nombres de hombres

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

cuachachal, a person with a large head,

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 747r, 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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