Cuauhtepotzo (MH732v)

Cuauhtepotzo (MH732v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name, Cuauhtepotzo (perhaps “Pole Latch” or “Lock”), is attested here as a man’s name. It shows the head of an eagle (cuauhtli), which serves as the phonetic indicator for the Cuauh- (here, wooden pole). The eagle’s head is shown in profile, facing toward the viewer’s left. Its eye and beak are open. Below the eagle’s head is what appears to be a human body. The waist band of the loin cloth lets the viewer know that this is a man. He has a large lump (hunchback, tepotzotli) on his back. The hatching where the lump meets his back provides some three-dimensionality. The hunchback is also a phonetic indicator for the second part of the term cuauhtepotzotli, a lock or a latch on a post.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
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): 

cerradura de palo, pestillo, madera, águilas, jorobado, nombres de hombres

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

posiblemente, Cerradura de Palo

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 732v, 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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