Cuatetl (MH633r)

Cuatetl (MH633r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Cuatetl (perhaps "Head of Stone") is attested here as a woman's name. It shows the head (cua-) of a woman in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. Her face has wrinkles, which are likely a reference to her age. She has the classic Nahua woman's hairstyle (neaxtlahualli), with two points, one on either side of the forehead. Above the top or crown of her head sits a horizontal stone (tetl), with its classic diagonal lines in alternating colors, a light end and a dark end, and these ends each have a triad of curls.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Cuatetl is still a Nahua name in use in Mexico today.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Ana Cuatetl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

stones, piedras, heads, cabezas, peaks, picos, nombres de mujeres, viejas, viudas

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


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 633r, 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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