Cuauhquen (MH641v)

Cuauhquen (MH641v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Cuauhquen ("Eagle-Ritual Bib," attested here as a man's name) shows a ritual garment (quemitl, whose stem is quen) that is somewhat horizontal, rectangular, and has a tie at the top. The quemitl is decorated with eagle feathers, light at their tops and dark at their lower points. Something approximating eleven feathers are visible.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

For comparison, see some other types of quemitl below. Heron feathers appear on one, eagle feathers on another, and a third is probably just white paper or cloth.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juā quauhgn

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Cuauhquen

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

plumas, textiles, ropa de rituales, nombres de hombres

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

cuauh(tli), eagle,
quemi(tl), eagle feather ritual garment for the chest,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Prenda Ritual de Plumas de Águila

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 641v, 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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