Cuatzontli (MH536r)

Cuatzontli (MH536r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing represents the compound glyph for the personal name Cuatzotl (perhaps "Head of Hair," attested here as a man’s name). The glyph shows what may be a young man with rather tousled hair. The hair (tzontli) forms spikes along the perimeter of the head (-cua) the ways eagle (cuauhtli) feathers in the same place also looks. The appearance of an eagle (cuauhtli), if intentional, is phonetic complement to the cua-.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This name combines head (cua) plus hair (tzontli), but not in quite the same way as another Cuatzon glyph (see below), where a special lock comes off the top of the head. Below are other names starting with Cua-, too, and an example of an eagle with feathers that recall the shape of the hair on this glyph.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

paltasal quatzotl

Gloss Normalization: 

Baltazar Cuatzotl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


hair, cabello, cortar

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

El Cabello a Punto de Ser Cortado (?)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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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