Cuauhchita (MH736r)

Cuauhchita (MH736r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Cuauhchita (perhaps “Eagle Net Bag” or “Wooden Net Bag”) is attested here as as a man’s name. The glyph shows a frontal view of a horizontal net back that is rounded on the ends. The frame of this bag, which also incorporates a rising handle, could be made of wood, which would contribute to the name and explain the eagle, since cuauh- is the same stem for both wood and eagle. Otherwise, the contribution of the eagle to the bag is unclear, although net bags called chitatli were known for using during hunting.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Cuauhchita is not an unusual name. See below for several more examples. The element of an eagle recurs. In one other example, however, a head (cua-) is employed to provide the phonetic start to the name.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Luis Cuauhchita

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

Shapes and Perspectives: 

águilas, bolsas, redes, madera, tecnologia, bags, nets, eagles, technology

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 736r, 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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