Cuacuauh (MH487r)

Cuacuauh (MH487r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This personal name glyph, Cuacuauh ("Horned," from cuacuahuitl, horns), is built onto the head of the man who bears the name. The horns lean backward from the top of his head. They have some texturing. His head is shown in profile view, facing the viewer's right. The horns are bent back and very slightly curved. They have short lines that provide some texturing. The addition of the horns onto the head (cuaitl) of the tribute payer could serve as a phonetic complement, underlining that the name started with Cua-.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

With the introduction of oxen and cattle that came with colonization, horned animals were much more numerous after the autonomous era. Deer, which were original in the Americas, do also have antlers, so the phenomenon was not entirely new.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

diego guaguauh

Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Cuacuauh

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Xitlali Torres and Stephanie Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

antlers, horns, cuernos, astas

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

cuacuauh(tli), horns/antlers,
cuacuahue, ox, bull, cow, or other horned animal,
ocuilin cuacuahue, worm with little horns or feelers,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Él con Cuernos, o Él con Astas

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 487r, 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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