Cuauhchita (MH542r)

Cuauhchita (MH542r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Cuauhchita (“Wooden-Net Bag,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a profile view (facing right) of the man's head (cua-), which is nearly homophonic with cuauh-, wood. Above the head is a net bag (chitatli) sitting on top. The bag, outlined in red, has a handle or loop at the top. The bag has a mesh texturing.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

We have another glyph glossed Cuauhchita, which leads to the conclusion here that Cuauhchita is meant over Cuachita. In Guatemala, Cuachita (affectionate for Cuata) refers to a female twin. (See the Diccionario de Americanismos.) Of course, in this example, we have a man's name. Also, Cuachita-as-Twin could represent more of a Hispanizing effect than would have been likely in 1560.

Several Cuauhchita glyphs emphasize eagles (cuauhtli), which contribute the same steam, cuauh-, as wood (cuahuitl) would contribute, making a translation for this glyph a challenge

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

bolsas, redes, madera

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

Bolsa de Madera y Red

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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