cuicatl (Verg10r)

cuicatl (Verg10r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the element (cuicatl) from the compound glyph for the personal name Cen Icuic (“Entirely His Song,” attested there as a man’s name) shows a person's head in profile, facing the viewer's right. A segmented speech scroll emerges from the mouth. The person's hair is bound up at the back of the head in a way reminiscent of women, except that the two points of hair above the forehead are not there.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Scrolls for songs will sometimes have interventions (designs, segmentation, special colors) that speech scrolls do not typically have. See other examples below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Tepetlaoztoc, near Tetzcoco

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


speech, speak, hablar, voluta

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


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
Image Source, Rights: 

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