Cuicuilacatl (MH877r)

Cuicuilacatl (MH877r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Cuicuilacatl ("Painted Reed") is attested here as a man's name. It shows a frontal view of a vertical and segmented cane. There are two segments that have squiggly lines suggesting painting (from cuiloa, the verb, or cuilolli, a piece of writing or a painting). One large squiggle appears at the top. The two segments with painted designs may provide a visual reduplication to go with the reduplication seen in the gloss (Cuicuil-).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

It could be that the double "l" in the gloss is correct, and what is meant is cuicuil + tlacatl, in other words, a painted person or a painter. If so, then the reed serves as a phonetic indicator.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 


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

Caña Pintada, o Persona Pintada

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 877r, 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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