Cuatecuicuil (MH745r)

Cuatecuicuil (MH745r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Cuatecuicuil (“Tamale Decorated with Beans in the Form of a Marine Shell”) is attested here as a man’s name. The glyph starts with a human head (cuaitl), which provides the phonetic start to the name, Cua-. At the base of the head is a stone (tetl), which provides the phonetic indication for the next syllable (te-). Finally, swirls appear where the hair would be.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The swirls seem to represent the phonetic -cuicuil part of the name, drawing from some word referring to painting, such as cuicuiltic. Painted (pinto) beans can also be expressed as ecuicuilli. Two additional glyphs below for the personal name Cuicuil have swirling or curling shapes that suggest painting or writing.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

remolinos, comida, tamales, frijoles, pelo, piedras, nombres de hombres

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

cuatecuicuil(li), tamales decorated with beans in the shape of a marine shell,
cua(itl), human head,
te(tl), stone,
ecuicuil(li), pinto beans or spotted beans,
cuicuiltic, painted or spotted,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Tamal Decorado con Frijoles en Forma de Concha Marina

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 745r, 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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