Cuauhtecpan (MH843r)

Cuauhtecpan (MH843r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Cuauhtecpan (“Wooden Bars” or "Wooden Trellis," attested here as a man’s name) shows an eagle's (cuauhtli) head in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. The eagle's visible eye is open, as is its beak. The feathers on its neck and on the top of its head are spiky. Here, the eagle serves as a phonetic indicator for cuauh- (wooden). In the eagle's mouth is a flint knife (tecpatl), which is a near homophone for tecpan, which can refer to groups of twenty (tecpantli) or to put things in a row (short for tecpana).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This compound is entirely phonographic, which is fairly rare. We are tracking such phenomena in the Nahuatl visual writing system.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

peo quauhtecpā

Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Cuauhtecpan

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): 

águilas, cuchillos, nombres de hombres, rejas de madera

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

cuauh(tli), eagle and/or a large hawk in general,
tecpa(tl), flint knife, obsidian knife,
tecpana, to put things in a row,
tecpan(tli), a group of twenty,

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 843r, 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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